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Old 05-01-2015   #1
 
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Decking --- Lopro Cutouts

For those of you that have build your own decking for NRS frames how much space did you leave around the lopro for the cutouts? Did you give yourself a healthy margin of error or did you dial it in to the millimeter?


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Cut one shallow- lay the deck on your rails. Try to get a socket and a wrench onto the bolts for tightening (may have one or the other available when the need arises). Adjust the depth of your cutout from there. Duplicate that on all the other sections for a nice symmetrical look. Give yourself enough fore-aft range for future adjustments and tweaking.

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I don't really follow Osseous's recommendation (maybe referring to tightening the thru bolt?), but I try to keep them fairly close to the sides of the lowpro, I wouldn't say to the mm, but within a few. Access to the ubolt nuts are from the top, so side clearance really doesn't play a factor in tightening the lowpro to the side rail.

I posted the photo below last year showing the whole rig, pardon the strange shape, it was taken from above in panorama mode to get the whole thing in one photo. You will notice I scribed the notches fairly tight and cut some secondary notches to allow access for adding straps. I would cut the access notches a little deeper the next time around (these were cut 1.5" back from the edge as I recall; I'll probably go 2.5 next time). They can still be hard to get your fingers in to grab or push straps under the frame.



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Old 05-01-2015   #4
 
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2" x 3" clears forged lopros nicely.
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After seeing seantanna's post I measured my decking in the basement. 2"x3". Works good, looks good, easy.
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I leave plenty of wiggle room. While I like to think I have my load dialed in someone always shows up with something weird forcing a bigger cooler, a different drybox or some other minor tweak.

If it is on a cat allow for a ton of wiggle to tune in the trim.
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Very helpful --- when I get this all pulled together in like 67 years will post pics


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seantana and elk haven what material decking is that? can you possible share a link. thanks
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seantana and elk haven what material decking is that? can you possible share a link. thanks
Mine is 1/2" HDPE that I had custom made by a local sign/plastic shop. Cost me $100, but it's pretty much indestructible and doesn't really need anything as far as upkeep.
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seantana and elk haven what material decking is that? can you possible share a link. thanks
I used 1/2" CDX plywood covered with behr deckover paint. It's a little thin and has cracked in a few places. It was originally intended to be temporary and I'm in the process of replacing it with 3/4" ACX. I really like the texture of the deckover but it hasn't held up all that well. In the past on other boats I've simply used latex porch and deck enamel with sand sprinkled over the last coat then rolled into the paint with a roller.

I'd be curious to hear how seantana's hdpe is for weight and stiffness. It's noticeably heavier than plywood and I heard it is affected by heat and needs more support.
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