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By the way, our 2x lasted forever (well, until it was stolen... now who would steal a freaking gang plank???). Our gangpank was no where near 16 long. At best it was 8'. We used it to board via starboard beam, not stern. However, I currently back in and use a 2x8(or 10?)x10. It is heavy when wet.

The new pressure treated woods suck (nicest word I can use). THey are wrought with warping and not as resistant as the old. But I guess a butterfly in the amazons somewhere got to live another day.

My newest project (which I think will work) is to get a 1x10x8 (yes, a 1x). I am going to take a 2x4x8, rip it in half or thirds, then router a 3/4 inch groove in it. I will then glue and screw the routered edge to the board (effectively wrapping it). My hope is that this would make a much lighter board but with the strength and rigidity of a 2x (like a manufactured truss).

We will see if it works. My wife is all over me to get it done as hauling that 2x around is a bear. I will take pics and reprt back on it.

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