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Old 04-10-2012   #11
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danalbrecht84, any chance you have "action" photos of your HDPE in use? I'm always in the market for something lighter or cheaper than the treated and sealed plywood my cat's decks are made from.... but still strong enough for my lard ass.

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Old 04-10-2012   #12
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150-200 lbs is typical for a very built frame with decks.

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Old 04-10-2012   #13
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Hmmm... Apparently I can't post pics from my phone. That hdpe is tough. It doesn't break in cold or any way that I've found. I chose it over diamond plate after talking to a rep at farmtek who told me that it is usually used for horse barns because it is easy to clean and horses can't kick through it. Even the thin stuff will only stretch. However, it is possibly the slickest material on earth, so I sanded the pieces with 60 grit, and they have decent traction without becoming sandpaper on bare feet. I bolted the sections in using flanges I welded into the frame spaces.

I have had two 250 lb dudes on one section jumping around like kids while netting a salmon...
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Old 04-10-2012   #14
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so I spoke with Gary over at since I'm buying parts from him and his position was as follows:

I'm familiar with an open bay frame. At large spans however, they are prone to damage fron highsiding especially if they have solid floors. As lake frames, they offer unobstructed walk platforms.

so it gets me to thinkin; the fore and aft sections are hinged and should flex some. and the primary deck is 40"x80" but would this be significantly worse than a stacked gearboat that were to get pinned on a rock with dryboxes, etc?

his email got me to pondering the 4-bay again. crap

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