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SuperDave
07-30-2005, 01:00 PM
In an attempt to snug up my boat on my trailer, I customized my side rail guides with some deck material and some ABS plastic from TAPS Plastics.

Original guide with ABS plastic:

http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/167/guidebefore0pm.jpg

My custom fabrication:

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/4262/guidebuilt2hq.jpg

On the trailer:

http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/3992/guideafter17cf.jpg

http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/9199/duideafter22tv.jpg

metalmouth
07-30-2005, 05:37 PM
Nice clean work Hinrid. That's exactly what I need for mine. I load alone in the wind a lot, and that looks like the ticket. Thanks for the sharing the pics and the tech report. :)

metalmouth
07-30-2005, 05:39 PM
By the way, it looks like you could eat off of the side of that boat. What are you polishing it with, if you don't mind me asking? 8) 8)

SuperDave
07-30-2005, 08:54 PM
MetalMouth, there were times I felt like a pin ball bouncing from side to side trying to get the boat centered. I have been using McGuires polish. That shine is just hand rub. I have an actual polisher but haven't even used it yet. If you think about trying a similair project on the guides, I'll be glad to tell you a more step by step if you'd like.

MoMoney
07-31-2005, 07:48 AM
Hinrid,Does that polish work better than Mothers?I have to do mine again.It was lookin good but floating for 7 days at collins lake did my polish job in.I am gonna do it again this week after work i hope.

Rusty_Hooks
07-31-2005, 07:51 AM
Hindrid....is that trex decking?....

Looks like fish carpentry....I mean finish ;D ;D

SuperDave
07-31-2005, 08:18 AM
Mo, I haven't tried Mother's but this stuff seems to do a good job and I can rub it out without throwing my shoulder out.

Rusty, I got a gray piece of trex and ripped it with the table saw to the dimensions I wanted. I used a waterproof adhesive and some C clamps to adhere the plastic to the trex. After the pieces were all cut to finish lengths, I brushed a coat of Thompson's Water Sealer on the trex for safe measure. Countersink the plastic with 1/2" drill bit and screw to trailer with self tapping screws. I pre-drilled with a small bit and then self tapping.

Rusty_Hooks
07-31-2005, 12:02 PM
You don't have to worry about the trex getting wet...it's made from plastic bags and cellulose....pretty much waterproof..

Ther's an experimental deck out at Doran park, the county put it in as an experiment to see how it would hold up with the salt....hasn't affected it one bit...I think maybe 10 years now...great stuff

That's a great idea....no checks, cracks or splits....

I think you've got a real winner there!! ;)

metalmouth
07-31-2005, 04:22 PM
Hinrid, that is the answer to living in Idaho. *The wind only blows night and day. I own a cabinet shop and will be hoping mine come out half as nice as yours. 8) I'll P.M. with questions. Don ;D By the way 8) 8)McGuires 8) 8)