This 2 by 6-inch board is 5-feet long and has worked well on a 34-foot cat. If the boat moves more, a longer board is needed.

Make Your Own Rugged Fender Boards

We described a simple home–built version several years ago (Practical Sailor, December 2011); here we present a few simple upgrades on the same basic design, allowing for simpler deployment, better fender retention, and more stable positioning. Pressure treated lumber provides inexpensive durability.

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