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Old 24-01-2014, 16:10   #1
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Rub rails on Cats

It seems that rub rails are a rarity on most production cats. Has anyone here missed them, or been moved to install them on their cat?
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Old 24-01-2014, 16:14   #2
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Re: Rub rails on Cats

The 28 year old one we just bought a year and a half back came with plastic boards all around the perimeter as a rub rail. It looks okay, and I'm glad someone installed them some time in the boats history. These are made out of the fake plastic wood, very dense, used for modern, heavy duty picnic tables and decks. They make great rub rails.
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My last boat did not have them (Stiletto 27), my new boat does (PDQ 32/34). Priceless.

Bear in mind, unless the designer gave you a wide spot they won't work, and unless he reinforced the area, you'll regret it; they do concentrate any impact load. The PDQ designer did both and the rub rails will take a lickin'.
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Old 28-01-2014, 12:33   #4
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Check out Taco Metals Marine. I installed their black semi-rigid vinyl rub rail with white tubular insert to replace the factory fitted aluminum trim when I extended my hulls 10 years ago. They were easy to fit, fit well and have held up very well. The company is based in North Miami Beach and sells some of their products via West Marine.
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Old 29-01-2014, 16:18   #5
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Taco Metals is a reputable company with quality products.
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Old 29-01-2014, 17:04   #6
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Yes I miss them.
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Old 29-01-2014, 18:29   #7
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Re: Rub rails on Cats

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It seems that rub rails are a rarity on most production cats. Has anyone here missed them, or been moved to install them on their cat?
Here is a photo of a Schonning being built in Australia. Good idea Although I imagine the designer would not like to see his lines being disturbed.
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Re: Rub rails on Cats

I think the subject has been brought up before but yes, they are really great to have. Just like on any boat. They used to protect the boat from me, but lately it's been my neighbors that have been putting them to the test. I'd have a whole lot of scratches and dings with out them.
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Old 30-01-2014, 10:14   #9
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I certainly wish I had them on my Lagoon 410. Would have made the docking a little less stressful in the Bahamas.
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The thing that always gets me is the 5-6' of freeboard. People pull up to a floating dock and if they don't have shoreside help, a lot of people wouldn't be able to dock.
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Absolutely a must on any boat, the heavier the better. My FP didn't have them so I designed and built my own!Click image for larger version

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:17   #12
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Nice! Is she in the Keys? The rails visually break up the sizeable freeboard lending a rakier effect.
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Sadly no, Keys last winter, Forked River, New Jersey this winter. Iced in solid due to my foot surgery this winter. Oh well!
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The original 1" alumimum trim at the deck-to-hull joint on my Privilege was replaced with a 2 1/2" vinyl rub rail, offering considerable difference in impact resistance. The black flexible rail and white insert (which covers the fasteners) is available in continuous lengths and was reasonably easy to install on this 20 year old cat.

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Nice retro engineered improvement. Worth five times the cost I bet.
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