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    Actually, in addition to potentially using 3/4" for the bow stop paddles, one other reason you might consider the 3/4" over the 1/2" is appearance. Probably not a factor for a black trailer, but on my red trailer I think the 3/4" would look just a little better than the 1/2". Can't explain it, but I'm kind of weird that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwana50 View Post
    I replaced the carpeted boards on my single-axle Ramlin this summer. I bought the diamond plate from a local metal shop; I used measurements from the old wood and worked with their CAD guy to develop a pattern to plasma-cut it. Cost $150 for pattern and cutting, but I figure I saved nearly that much in saw blades and such, not to mention time, sweat, band-aids, and cussing. Total cost was about $375.

    Here's the one pic I have of it; not great, but I actually took the pic to show the water-line shmook on the boat after sitting at the marina while I worked on the trailer.

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    looks good man, and that is a great price for the labor and material. as i mentioned i was quoted $400 for just the diamond plate, but i have a tandem so it takes more. anyway, maybe i will check around to see if anyone else is more competitive and include the plasma cutting too.
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    Won't help those already with trailers, but if anyone is buying a new boat, Ramlin offers the diamond plate deck (powder coated) for a very reasonable price. Has anyone called them to see if they will sell them aftermarket?
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    they told me they didnt offer the diamond plated steps in 2003 and dont have anything in that pattern. im sure they would sell (or let you order through a dealer) the steps if they have them for your particular model trailer
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhiestand View Post
    Actually, in addition to potentially using 3/4" for the bow stop paddles, one other reason you might consider the 3/4" over the 1/2" is appearance. Probably not a factor for a black trailer, but on my red trailer I think the 3/4" would look just a little better than the 1/2". Can't explain it, but I'm kind of weird that way.
    yeah thats what i considered, that the 3/4 might just look a bit fuller. the crash pads at the bow of your trailer are carpeted? if so that is interesting, on my trailer they are already a king starboard type material ...
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    "A bit fuller".. yeah, that's the phrase I was looking for! My trailer came with my '01 so is likely a couple years more vintage than yours. It did come with carpeted crash pads, which doesn't bother me much since they don't get wet. I just figured the other material would make it look a bit cleaner.
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    THe starboard crash pads do look much cleaner to me than the carpeted, but to each his own. Also the 3/4 inch looks much more stout on the trailer than the 1/2 inch (I have seen both). NOt sure if it changes functionality, but I do like the look.
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    i tend to agree with you two fellers ... am pretty much sold on the king starboard instead of the diamond plate, and will see what the price difference is between the 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch
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