Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-01-2018, 16:44   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Boston
Boat: Boston Whaler, Conquest 315, 31ft
Posts: 212
Worth it to get a rub rail?

I am buying a boat (33' power boat) and one option that is offered is a rubber rub rail that goes around the outside of the bulwarks.

Is a feature like this useful, or is it just one more thing to deteriorate and fall off?
jsc7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-2018, 16:55   #2
Registered User
 
Vasco's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore"
Posts: 7,557
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Depends on the boat. A rubber rub rail sounds like a small power boat. Might be helpful. A sailboat might require a more substantial rubrail.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-2018, 17:07   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
skipmac's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: 29 49.16 N 82 25.82 W
Boat: Pearson 422
Posts: 16,306
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

A rubrail is extremely useful and yes I would get it.

Also over time it may deteriorate and require replacement. The one on my ski boat only lasted 15 years.

It was pretty easy to replace.
__________________
The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean.
Sometimes it's necessary to state the obvious for the benefit of the oblivious.
Rust is the poor man's Loctite.
skipmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-2018, 17:25   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,655
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

I would say it's very useful to have a good rub rail, but really it mostly depends where the boat is used. If you never dock anywhere except modern marinas with well protected floating docks, then the rub rail will never be used. But if you travel off the beaten path and tie up at older piers with fixed docks and pilings, the rub rails will be worth their weight in gold and save the hull from countless scratches and dings.

DougR
DougR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2018, 08:36   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles Harbor
Posts: 223
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Yes I would get one. If you plan to raft up with other boats, or even for that accidental bump while docking, you may leave a dark mark, but not an insurance worthy gouge.
Rough Magic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2018, 08:40   #6
Registered User
 
ranger58sb's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maryland, USA
Boat: 58' Sedan Bridge
Posts: 5,514
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Yes, you'll want a rub rail.

In addition to protection from general wear and tear... sometimes docking requires laying up against a pile and warping yourself around, as with spring lines, etc. Rub rails are useful for that.

-Chris
__________________
Chesapeake Bay, USA.
ranger58sb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2018, 08:55   #7
Registered User
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 25,655
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

I like a rub rail, especially on the east coast where often docks are not floating and you need protection from pilings etc.
__________________
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard











Cheechako is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-01-2018, 10:55   #8
Registered User
 
Zoidislander's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Anacortes WA U.S.A.
Boat: 34 American Tug
Posts: 36
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Definitely get the rub rail.
Zoidislander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2018, 05:35   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Des Moines and the Lesser Antilles
Boat: PDQ 44i
Posts: 290
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

If you add a rub rail, look for one with a reflective strip. It makes your boat much more visible in the anchorage, both to prevent others from hitting you and to help you find your boat when you return after dark. Yours will be almost the only boat with a reflective strip. We like ours a lot.
doublewide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2018, 17:11   #10
Registered User
 
Suijin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Bumping around the Caribbean
Boat: Valiant 40
Posts: 4,625
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Get the rub rail, but don't abuse it. Meaning, be as gingerly with your boat as you would otherwise when docking. The rub rail protects against rubs and minor grinds and preserves the bulwark cosmetically, but it does not provide any structural reinforcement whatsoever.
Suijin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2018, 17:52   #11
Registered User
 
hobopacket's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 374
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

I do have an older Boat and abuse it since well its old. But the rub rail comes in handy so much. I can soft touch a piling while docking and it makes sooo much easier when I am by myself.

Get it.
hobopacket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2018, 18:01   #12
Writing Full-Time Since 2014
 
thinwater's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: PDQ Altair, 32/34
Posts: 9,793
Re: Worth it to get a rub rail?

Yes. I've had boats with and without, and with is much better particularly when you are alone.

But as Suijin said, don't abuse it. Rub rails vary greatly in how they are reinforced. On workboats, they are generally designed for heavy use. Others are little more than scratch protection for paint. But that is good enough reason.

Mostly they are useful for when the boat drifts a little while tying up, after you are stopped but before you get lines on, and you just touch a piling at some tiny fraction of a knot.
__________________
Gear Testing--Engineering--Sailing
https://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/
thinwater is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rub Rail Repair Cal2-29 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 5 01-06-2013 15:15
Shaping Rub Rail Ends? Beausoleil Construction, Maintenance & Refit 1 30-08-2009 07:21
Replacing damaged rub rail on a Prout Pa La O La Multihull Sailboats 1 18-08-2007 15:37
rub rail reattachment salty_dog_68 Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 6 18-06-2006 01:52
Rub rail damage help needed Pa La O La Multihull Sailboats 5 09-12-2004 17:58

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:35.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.