Originally Posted by keao
removing the toe/rub-rail involves me removing all the deck to hull bolts. after this is done do i need to get the sealant between the deck and the hull? this would be a major project
that would possibly require me to remove the mast
, stanchions, and many other items. do i understand you correctly?
I went thru the -remove the toe rail and re-caulking process- but I can't imagine going as far as what you're talking about. It was some years ago now, so memory of details is long gone.
The original 1973 toe rail, deck to hull caulking was... wood dough. Nothing as obnoxious as 5200.
Maybe it's just a part of the way things come out when you're trying to explain it in a sentence or two, but going as far as to remove the mast sound like you're considering lifting the deck off of the hull to get sealant in between.
hurts and my fingers are bleeding at the thought. If my tools could, they would be jumping overboard
to save me the trouble of dropping them there.
So much of this depends on what those hairlline cracks really mean. There is such a wealth of knowledge here that I don't doubt would have the exact answer you need. But having the answer and really understanding the problem in order to give it to you......
I would want that expert pair of eyes on my boat and talking to me at lenght before I tried what you're talking about.
Having said that, you have made me realize how I may have gone about my own project the wrong way. I removed both toe rails and sent them off for hard black anodizing at an aricraft anodizing outfit. While they were off, nothing was holding my deck to my hull for about... 36 feet. Only the bow and stern were kept fast. It all worked though.
Had to borrow a mast trailer to haul to 36 ft long pieces many miles. Thanx for reviveing THAT memory.
One other point. I went to the trouble of getting an air compressor
and a butterfly impact to remove all the screws. Took 2 &1/2 days for the first one. The second one was all by hand. Took 1 day. 96 screws down each side. That memnory has not escaped me.