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Old 12-16-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default Big Planer board rebuild

Have any of you rebuilt, or built your own planer boards?

Did you use wood, or plastic? Paint, or no paint?

Lastly, did you like the results?

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Old 12-16-2016, 09:10 AM   #2
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Sorry can't help you as I always use the inline boards. A buddy built some out of redwood that he painted and had pretty good luck with them.
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Redwood or Cypress is most common for wood - but don't paint them. they pull better / harder as they absorb water. If you want to paint - just paint the top 1/3.


AZEK "plastic" is what you want to use if you go composite.


I would just contact Capt Frank Kittrick at Amish Outfitters (google search will bring up his site) and order a set of his AZEK boards. They are a proven design.
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AOs azek big boards just as Steve says
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I went down this road myself, I ended up just buying a pair of planer boards. Aurora lites, 3 footers. They are worth every penny and never sag on a turn. They fold up nice for storage and are made with quality components. Just my .02
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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I've made a set from wood and painted just to have them. There are plans all over the net...just do a search. Now they may not pull as well as some but for the little that I use them they do me just fine. I find myself running 6 inline boards mostly since I typically have 2 to 3 people on board. I love the ease use of inlines and how fast I can pick up and move.
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:37 PM   #7
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I started planar board fishing in the 1980's with home-made boards. Started with boards made of pine, painted bright yellow, strip on lead on the bottom for ballast, woven nylon line on broom handles for tethers. Caught a lot of Great Lakes salmon and trout with them. Still have the boards. I haven't run anything but in-line boards for the past 15 years.
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Here are plans on my neighbors website for the large planer boards we use on the Chesapeake Bay. Most use pine here.

http://www.downtimecharters.com/Idea...ds%20build.htm

We troll large heavy baits off our planer boards. I will run 6-7 lines per side.
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:43 PM   #9
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thanks for the thoughts everyone.
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