Given the great variety of flotsam in the water
, has anyone ever tried putting up a vinyl rub rail along the edge of their bow? Vinyl with a stainless cap or just vinyl to serve as a protective sacrifical leading edge. I've seen Maxingout jury rigged something when encountering lots of debris in the Indian Ocean
, but most of the time you wouldn't see it coming, especially at night. Here in the Chesapeake and certainly along the ICW
floating barely submerged logs
and pilings are a given.
People construct false foam bows and we're planning on putting a bulk head
forward just aft of the bow filled with foam to serve that purpose, but your still talking about repairing a broken fiberglass
bow upon impact vs a rubrail. Specifically I'm thinking a vinyl rub rail along the bow, through bolted above the water
line and then glued below the water line.
BTW, one feature that's already served us very well are two very large stainless steel
U bolts extending from the front top of the bow for sea anchors. A drunken sailor tried leaving his slip across from us and came slamming into our boat, no damage to us, but I'm sure a nice line across his paint
as a reminder.