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O'Day 30 Rub Rail
I am considering purchasing an O'Day 30. Although the entire black rubber portion of the rub rail is intact, there are two or three places where 12-15" sections of the white plastic-like material below the rubber strip are broken and/or missing. Inside, there are mildew areas on the hull liner material, that may correspond to those sections of missing rub rail.
Does the missing plastic portion of the rub rail, probably resulting from impact with docks or pilings, create problems? Can the missing sections create, and does the mildew indicate issues with the hull-deck joint? How extensive is the process for replacing the missing sections of rub rail?
Of course, I would have the boat surveyed before purchase. But I will avoid that expense and move on, if these issues are potentially structural.