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I am planning to install a "board" attached to the stanchions for storing of gas, diesel and water jerry cans on deck.

Now, I would prefer not to use wood for the board, since I have hardly any other exterior wood and hate varnishing etc.

I was thinking about using some type of marine lumber, star board or equiv to make a board approx 1: thick and 4-6" high and N feet long.

Any suggestions on which material to use and where to buy?

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Something like trex decking material might be more reasonably priced than anything aimed at the marine consumer, if you can find something that's not too ugly.
 

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erps,

Not a bad idea.

Should be reasonably priced and it seems to bend pretty well

I would have preffered white in color, but what the hell it ain't gonna be too pretty with yellow and red jerry cans on deck anyway.

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We used what I think was a 2x6 or 2x8 pressure treated. It doubled as a boarding ramp or a fender board when at dock. It requires no maintenance.

Just a thought in your decision... though I agree the starbord would be better looking.

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The drawback with starboard seems to be that it only comes in "sheet" type of dimensions like 24"*54" or 54"*96". I need about 5 feet (4 cans) and the starboard sheets then cost several hundred bucks.
 

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You might stop by a big-box store and look in the moldings section. I saw some 1 x 5 1/2" PVC stuff that might work for you. It was definitely not starboard priced.
 

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I made these hand rails and stuff from that fake redwood deck material. It cuts and routs easy.
It sands and takes a stain pretty good too.

When it warms up it gets a little flexie but holds screws well if predrilled.

I think you can get it up to 8 inches wide.

It has been setting in the socal sun for three years since spar varnishing it.

If I was going to be ruff with it I would just sand it smooth with a 600 finish and use minwax stain and sealer on it.
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One of the paint companies (Krylon?) is making a spray paint for plastics, so you might get a piece of plastic decking (which usually is about 5" wide with no other widths available) and then pick up a can of the plastic spray paint to make it another color.

Picking up just one piece of the plastic decking may be a good trick though, many places only sell it by the 'bundle' not the piece.
 

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I'd vote for CruisingDad's suggestion, though I wouldn't want to use 1x as a gangplank, and it would last about fifteen seconds as a fenderboard, since 1x boards are often softer woods like White Pine. A 2x8 makes more sense; 2x10 would be a good bit stronger and easier to use as a gangplank because its' wider. 2x lumber is more often Douglas Fir - a bit tougher than White Pine. 2x10 starts to get heavy fairly quickly though, especially in lengths long enough to be a useful gangplanks (16') You choose. I think you'll find the wood will outlast many of the plastics because of UV degradation.
 

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I'd vote for CruisingDad's suggestion, though I wouldn't want to use 1x as a gangplank, and it would last about fifteen seconds as a fenderboard, since 1x boards are often softer woods like White Pine. A 2x8 makes more sense; 2x10 would be a good bit stronger and easier to use as a gangplank because its' wider. 2x lumber is more often Douglas Fir - a bit tougher than White Pine. 2x10 starts to get heavy fairly quickly though, especially in lengths long enough to be a useful gangplanks (16') You choose. I think you'll find the wood will outlast many of the plastics because of UV degradation.
OOPS!!!

You are exactly right. I misstyped. It was a 2x, not a 1x. THanks for catching that. That was a typo. I am correcting my original post.

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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.

Brian
 
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