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Fender Boards

I am considering making some fender boards so the pilings don't eat my boat.do any of you out there use them and if so, what are the approximate dimensions of the boards you use.

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Search the forum for "fender boards" There was a previous discussion just recently. I've tried to put a link in but can't get it to work...

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BR has fender board similar to the one Dog described in his link above -- 2" x 8" x 8', except we didn't bother with using PT wood. We've sailed 25,000 miles with the fender board lashed to the rail on the stbd bow -- we've used it twice.

After all those miles our board has a nice silvery patina, is very soft to the touch and, most importantly, it contributes to BR's "look" as a serious crusing sailboat -- just what you want in a fender board.

PS. It also is very good at trapping dirt in the scuppers.

PPS. If you double click on the avatar you can see it there on the stbd rail. Very 'salty', eh?

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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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I am considering making some fender boards so the pilings don't eat my boat.do any of you out there use them and if so, what are the approximate dimensions of the boards you use.

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I used a 2x6x8 treated. Two holes in each end and dangled from the lifelines with fenders on the inside. When I did not need it as a fender board, it worked as a boarding ramp (until someone stole it... now who would steal a freaking boarding ramp!!!!???).

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I've made much of use of my fender board.


You might think from the spider web that they're not used, but we've very quick working spiders aboard!
This board is about four & one half feet long with three stainless strakes parallel across the center were the board would face a piling. 'does a great job! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Thanks everyone, I installed one fender board tonight that was built like SD's diagrams. I tied it off to the toe rail with the fenders behind it on the hull. I ended up using a 2x6 that I cut to 5' it's going to work out great for my slip. I'll store it on deck if I can, or in the aft berth with the rest of the sails and such.
Right now, it kind of looks out of place, it needs the weathering so it looks more at home on the boat.
Next project....... outboard motor mount on the aft rail for the dinghy motor.
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Thanks everyone, I installed one fender board tonight that was built like SD's diagrams. I tied it off to the toe rail with the fenders behind it on the hull. I ended up using a 2x6 that I cut to 5' it's going to work out great for my slip. I'll store it on deck if I can, or in the aft berth with the rest of the sails and such.
Right now, it kind of looks out of place, it needs the weathering so it looks more at home on the boat.
Next project....... outboard motor mount on the aft rail for the dinghy motor.
Just a comment, maybe not necceesary, but will make regardless: If you have serious tides, the board CAN ride up over the fenders. THe result is not pretty, as you can imagine from this finish:

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I have not fix for it... only to say that it only happened on unusual circumstances with extreme tides. Just a warning to watch out for your boat.

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