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Join Date: Nov 2008
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I PM'd you on this but---Steve's got the market on the rub rail and a close match is about the same cost and doesn't work well anyway so you might as well get the right stuff. Installation is a no brainer. Remove the end caps on either side of the cockpit and the screws on the bottom of the rail from stern to bow. Lightly sand down any rough spots on the rail, and then, start the new rails at the bow and work them aft carefully. (A little SailKote on the rails and on the groove in the rub-rail will make them slide along more easily.) Mark the location of the screw holes in the rails on the hull below the rails with chalk or water soluable marker (use a square to get them centered). While the screws are self-tapping, I found that pre-drilling a very small pilot hole in the rubber made the whole business a lot easier. The job is more easily done while you're hauled out but it can be done in the water.
Once the new rails are installed, wipe them down with 303 once a month and they'll last virtually forever.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."