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Old 07-04-2022, 10:38 AM   #1
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Dinghy chocks - cushion strip???

Some may recall I recent asked the TF Bigger Brain for outboard recommendations to go with my new AB 310 Aluminum RIB (I went with a Tohatsu 20hp power tilt/start). Total weight is around 275 lbs with fuel.

Dinghy will be mounted on boat deck with a Nick Jackson Pipe crane. I shopped around for chocks. Nothing off-the-shelf except for universal types which wasn't quite what I was looking for. I had two quotes for custom fabrication, one in aluminum, the other on 1-inch thick Starboard. Both were well over $1500 plus shipping which sort of took my breath away.

So I had a set from CAD drawings off ABs website. Material is 3/4" GPO3 fiberglass sheeting from McMaster (raw material is red - will get painted white). Carbide blades are needed, but the stuff is fairly easy to work with. Will require very little finish sanding before painting. Total cost was about $450 plus 10-12 hours of time.

QUESTION- any suggestions for cushion material where chock meets hull? Pool noodles come to mind, but hoping for a more elegant solution. I've looked at Treadmaster (I believe it's a Lewmar product) but I'd need to buy the $150-sheet. And it doesn't have much cushion - hoping for about 3/16" of give. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-04-2022, 10:43 AM   #2
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We glued the same material used for trailer bunks on the cradle we had made and it lasted more than 12 years.
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Leftovers from that stuff folks use to create teak looking rubber decks?
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Both good suggestions. Any recommendations for glue?

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How wide is the bearing surface? Maybe some SeaDek scraps if the surface is wide enough for the SeaDek to stick to it. If so I have some gray SeaDek scraps leftover from our job that I could send you. PSA adhesive backing so it would be easy install. If the bearing surface is wide enough for it to stick to.
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Surface is only 3/4" wide. It's very smooth but still, not a lot, especially since dinks tend to get pushed forward or backwards to align. What do you think?

Really nice offer - thanks

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Rubber rub rail, pre slotted for 3/4 inch on the mount side?
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