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Old 21-05-2012, 10:09   #1
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Bump Rails

In preparing my boat for painting I,removed the striker rails.They are teak with a Stainless rub strip.Some of the teak cracked coming off,I,am thinking of replaceing the teak with starboard then affixing the Stainless to the starboard.Do,I,need the teak as an cushion.The hull has a molded in strike rail from the factory.The teak was screwed on 8" centers and 5200 to the boat.I,have heard starboard will not accept sealant as well.
What do you folks think?
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Old 21-05-2012, 10:23   #2
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In preparing my boat for painting I,removed the striker rails.They are teak with a Stainless rub strip.Some of the teak cracked coming off,I,am thinking of replaceing the teak with starboard then affixing the Stainless to the starboard.Do,I,need the teak as an cushion.The hull has a molded in strike rail from the factory.The teak was screwed on 8" centers and 5200 to the boat.I,have heard starboard will not accept sealant as well.
What do you folks think?
Rather then 3M sealer, use butyl tape (the gray). It's to keep the water/dirt out not hold it unto the hull.
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Old 21-05-2012, 11:03   #3
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Re: Bump Rails

Check with Hamilton Marine. They carry a wide range of rubrail material in white pvc.
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Re: Bump Rails

Or try Taco Metals Marine Products for taco railing. Good stuff.
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Old 21-05-2012, 15:30   #5
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Great Fan of Buytal tape,use it everywher,My concern with the Bump rails do they need adhesive stronger than Buytal,Will anything stick to Starboard if I,use it.I,can promise you if I,use teak they will never get varnished.
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Re: Bump Rails

Bump rails are not necessarily for bumping! Unless its some type of service boat that actually comes in contact with other boats or barges/docks.
They are there to help protect the thin hull/deck joint from cracking on an impact. If the impact is hard enough to rip the screws out of where the bump rail is, you're going to be doing some real damage.

Also the so called bump rail keeps the waves from rising up under the hull/deck joint, as a splash guard. Recreational sailboats are not meant to be bumping up against objects.
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Re: Bump Rails

The raised, molded-in, or surface applied hat section on some hulls was there to supply rigidity to an otherwise flexible area between bulkheads. But I don't think that i s the case with Cabo Ricos. Bill knew what he was doing with that design
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