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Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:46pm

Post Subject: Gang Plank

Please advise suitable dimensions and type of wood>


Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:56pm

Post Subject: Gang Plank

As wide as you can accommodate, as thick as is needed for the span you intend to use and as long as it needs to be provided you can lift it. Look if this is on an old deep drafted working boat it may need to 10ft long for some canals where as 5 or 6 feet might do for a modern shallow draft boat. I would suggest perhaps 6 to 7 ft long, about 8 to 10 inches wide and perhaps between 11 and 1 1/2 inches thick. The less knots the thinner it can be because it will be stronger. Short or sawn off scaffold planks seem popular. Also look at the ones based on aluminium ladders. You can use these to allow you to climb back onto the boat if you fall in. Tony Brooks

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