King Starboard is a marine-grade polymer, which means it's a high-tech plastic that will stand up to salt water and sun a lot better than most types of wood--without a lick of maintenance, and often at lower cost. This tough marine polymer won't rot or absorb water, so it's a great solution for swim platforms, hand rails, steps, dinghy chocks fish-cleaning tables and other applications.
Our 1-1/2" thick King Starboard is the heaviest now being manufactured, at 7.5 lbs per square foot. We use this thickness in fabricating our Dingy Rail Chocks, and they work fine as on-deck or on-dock supports for RIB's, jet skis weighing several hundred pounds and more. Some of our customers also use it for extra-heavy-duty mounting pads, leaning-post rocket launchers, and so forth.
What it can do. You can work King Starboard with standard woodworking tools and assemble components with standard screws and fasteners. I'm sold on this material as a faster, longer lasting, economical alternative to marine wood products in many situations.
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What it can't do. You won't be using King Starboard to build boat hulls, because it's not a structural material. That means it needs to be supported by a load-bearing frame or substrate. You also won't be using King Starboard where temperatures are likely to exceed--or even get close to--180 degrees Fahrenheit, because it'll start to melt and you'll have all sorts of problems. And King Starboard expands and contracts with normal temperature variations, so you'll need to allow for that when you assemble various components.
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