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Toe Rail Repair

I recently removed the toe rail on my Islander 32 MKII. The toe rail covers the top and hull seam. I have spent a few days cleaning out old putty and sanding the surfaces for re-bedding. I was looking for some input on what caulk I should used to re-bed?
There is a seam that i was going to caulk with Life-Caulk or West Marine Caulk, any thought on either of those products?

Any input would be appreciated.
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Re: Toe Rail Repair

Our '84 boat was done with Butyl.. still dry.

This most-excellent 'how to' site will help you decide.

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Re: Toe Rail Repair

I second use of Butyl...but as I understand all Butyl (or so called butyl) is not created equal) strongly recommend purchase from our very own Maine Sail.
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Re: Toe Rail Repair

Looks like EVERYBODY is going with butyl nowadays. Even guys at my marina who never heard of sailnet, or our own Mainesail. It is so clean and easy to use, and supposedly lasts a very long time. My Hunter 25 was partially bedded in Butyl (at least it looks like it was), in 1981, and only leaked a few drops from the parts that were Butyl bedded. The stuff was still sticky when I took it out and re-bedded, again, in butyl last week. (Don't get me wrong, some of the butyl had eroded away after 30 years, but the VAST majority was still there in good condition)... The PO re-bedded various parts in some other sealant, and that is where all my major leaks were coming from so... it is good stuff...

Only disadvantage, is that you have to re-tighten anything bedded in butyl at least once before it is finished. The butyl takes time to squeeze out, so you have to wait a few days for this. The bolts actually become loose within a few days so this must be done. Not a big deal if you're re-bedding a cleat or something, but if you are re-bedding an entire toe rail it can be a royal PITA just to tighten the barely accessible bolts only ONCE... take it from me I just went through this lol...
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Re: Toe Rail Repair

Thanks guys for all the input. Does anyone know where I can buy Butyl?
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Here is one place: Need Butyl Tape ?? Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
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