Working on a U Fender
The name comes from the U shape and Alf Langford (See the history page) developed this fender in the 1970’s. Alf was the first Canal Fender Maker to make a special button that had legs on the back that would fit the bow of modern non working narrow-boats. It is clever because it will easily bend to fit any shape bow. I developed the best way to half hitch over the rope core for him and straight away we sold many of them. Nowadays, they are a very common bow fender on the canals.