Getting down to fixing some of the cosmetic damages inflicted by the PO on my poor boat. Current project
is replacing the stainless strip that runs down the side of the rub rail.
The stainless strips come in 20' sections and of course the damaged piece is in the middle. The old piece fit perfectly flush against the adjoining strips on each end. However, when I attached one end of the new piece and pulled it up against the rub rail there was almost 1/2" gap at the other end.
I measured and the new piece is exactly 20' and the gap is exactly 20'. The problem is the stainless strip is a bit wavy and stiff so I can't pull it hard enough to get the loose end flush. I can see two ways to try to deal with this.
1. Attach one end flush, lift
the strip over the curved rub rail next to the hull
so I have some extra slack, attach the other end flush and pull the middle of the strip back down over the edge of the rub rail.
2. Attach one end flush and work my way from that end, screwing in the rub rail which will push the strip flush and eliminate the slack and it will then be flush when I reach the other end.
Anyone ever do this before? Which method works or is there a third that I haven't thought about?