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?
Thanks in advance