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post #5 of Old 07-01-2009
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Where will you keep the board? The determining factor of the length is usually storage. Mine are about 5 feet long and have been plenty.

What loads will they take? When weather deteriorates I get out of the slip and on the hook. YMMV. Absent serious weather, a 1x6 is plenty big enough. If you are going to weather hurricanes in the slip (assume doubled lines, chafe protection, yadda yadda yadda) maybe - MAYBE - you want a 2x6. If you are in an exposed location, thicker boards make sense.

I put the holes for lines just a few inches from the end of the boards. This has made keeping the fenders inside the ends of the boards more reliable.

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