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Old 06-19-2016   #1
Grass Valley, California
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Side Boards

Thinking of adding side boards to my frame. I have rowed frames with them and they do make things easier on people getting into and out of the boat and some additional storage areas.

For those that have them, marine grade plywood or diamond plate? I am guessing a significant weight difference with the DP being lighter. I can do the plywood myself, but I think I would have a local welding shop do the DP for me and weld it to my frame( NRS Bighorn that I have added to).

What are some thoughts?


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Old 06-19-2016   #2
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You can use 1/2 inch ply so it is pretty light. Don't bother with marine grade. It isn't at all necessary ACX will work great. I coat mine with spar varnish.


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Old 06-19-2016   #3
Ft Collins, Colorado
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I used dens deck it's the material that gets reference to as cutting board material however it's not. It is a structural material that is used in play grounds ect. Easy to work with wood working tools strong and comes in multiple colors (mine is white with blue core). Diamond plate gets hot and wood splinters and requires maintenance.
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Old 06-19-2016   #4
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The reflections off diamond plate hurt my eyes, so I use the 1/2 inch AC like sembob does.
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Old 06-19-2016   #5
Missoula, Montana
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I had plywood decks last year and they worked great, but I wasn't a fan of the weight, so I switched to polymax this year and so far have been happy.
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Old 06-19-2016   #6
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Nice thing about anything other than diamond plate is that you can strap the others on and remove if needed. More versatile IMO.

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Old 06-19-2016   #7
Pinecliffe, Colorado
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I'd go 3/4" the durability and strength you gain is worth the little bit of added weight. And like said above marine grade is unnecessary use a good varnish spar/varathane.
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Old 06-20-2016   #8
Clancy, Montana
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I used kick rail for the inside of semi-trailers walls. Itís made to keep pallets and such from going through the trailer walls.Itís made of plastic and very easy to work with.I attached it with NRS u bolts and WW Granger flat allan head nuts.I hope the picture works just one I had on my phone!!
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I used 5/8" popler wood. I has a really tight grain and very few knots. I coat it with spar once a year and it is going on 3 years and looks great.

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