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Old 20-09-2011, 21:42   #1
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Half-Oval Brass for Rub Rails

Hey all,

I'm looking for half-oval brass for my rub rails, either 3/4" or 1"
wide. I need about 50 linear feet. If I go to Jamestown Distributors, I
wind up with a cost of about $1k for the 1" wide, and $400 for the 3/4.
Both seem way way way too unacceptably high. Not finding good sources of
it industrially, although I am still looking. But I thought I'd ask here
to see if anyone has a quick lead.

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Old 20-09-2011, 22:06   #2
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Brass ? Yikes , that won't last very long.....saltwater will eat that faster than you can finish putting it on the boat . Stainless or plastic or wood , anything but brass
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Old 20-09-2011, 22:16   #3
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

Perhaps he means bronze.
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Old 20-09-2011, 22:19   #4
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

No. I've used it. It lasts fine. I found it to be hideously expensive at the time too. It's also tricky to drill holes in a straight line because it's "slippery" to drill. You will need to punch your hole locations with a fine punch and then put in a pilot with a fine drill, before drilling out to the required size. It only dezincifies if it's constantly immersed in salt water, and hence is why it's no good for valves for salt water inlets and outlets etc. It gets a patina on it when it's on deck and that looks good. You need deep pockets to go that way though.
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Well allrighty then , sounds like alot of money for something I'm gonna rub on a dock our something someday.....maybe urea could find green plastic and save all the waiting for the brass yuo turn that color
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

Bit of stainless strip is much cheaper.
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

We're talking a dry-stored day sailer that will see fresh water lakes,and maybe some day, estuaries. As a machinist, drilling anything at all does not scare me.

Sailing my little 14' cat around here, I have really come to prize the brass along the rub rail versus the docks. Sure, a suitable bronze would be welcome too. SS could be considered. Brass/bronze color goes with the white oak far better.
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

how about aluminum?
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

Check out ➥ Rub Rail @ http://tacomarine.com
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Re: Half-Oval Brass for Rub Rails

Thanks all,

I've received quotes from both Atlas Bronze, and US Brass, both of which have bids competitive with other material solutions. Since the differences in cost become minimal then, the brass becomes viable.
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Re: half-oval brass for rub rails

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This stuff isn't cheap!
The bouncy-bounce factor though, well, ever notice the best winds of the day are often when you're coming back in, and are about 5 feet away from the dock?
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Re: Half-Oval Brass for Rub Rails

I know its dear...but given the quality of the rest of your work...I vote go with the brass.
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