Re: Fender Boards
They look really nice but I'd be careful where you use them. I've been up and down the Champlain and parts of the Erie canals with a fender board made from common 2x6 pine, left unfinished. In use, they don't readily show. The canal lock walls tore them up pretty quick, though they've remained functional. I consider them consumable, throw-away items and when these get too chewed up, I'll just pick up another board at a lumber yard. I'll bet you could get away with nailing a couple sacrificial strips of half-round pine moulding onto yours and they still might look good if you put a couple coats of varnish on them. But they'll be cheap and easy to replace--probably a lot cheaper than stainless steel.