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Layup the backing board yourself. The advantage of doing this is you can make the board's the thickness you need. Lighter, smaller gear doesn't require a 1/2" backer board... where as a windlass
or deck cleat
For small, really highly loaded items, you can even taper the backing board so that the heaviest section is right in the middle to help prevent fatigue and a hard stress line
against the deck.
If you want to buy fiberglass cloth cheap for use in backing boards... defender sells boxes of surplus fiberglass cloth in various sizes. I got a 20 lb. box of assorted weights and sizes for $50 or so.
I would use a glass or plastic sheet as the surface, since, you probably want one side to be as flat as possible.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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