Rub Rail Falling Off - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 05-15-2015 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Siamese's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,037
Thanks: 3
Thanked 28 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Rub Rail Falling Off

The gray, vinyl rub rail on my 1996 Catalina is in good condition, but it tends to fall out of its aluminum track. When this happens, I'm able the to snap it back into the track, but it certainly needs fixing, as once it starts to separate, the entire rub rail could exit the boat.

Any advice on how to fix it? If the answer is an adhesive, which one?
Siamese is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 05-15-2015
Senior Member
Markwesti's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Seal Beach Ca. ( Long Beach )
Posts: 1,339
Thanks: 120
Thanked 66 Times in 66 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Markwesti is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 05-15-2015
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 34.25n 119.27w
Posts: 488
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 12
The rub rail is likely falling out because it has shrunk and is no longer a tight fit in the track.
If you're determined to save it you could screw it down every few feet using the existing holes that are securing the track, just use slightly longer screws to account for the thickness of the rubber rail. It's a temporary solution with no downside and no adhesive to remove later when you eventually replace it.
I would just replace it. There are plenty of sources online.
SJ34 is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 05-15-2015
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Re: Rub Rail Falling Off

Having owned a few Catalinas, I know what you are talking about. You can contact Catalina parts and they will have a heavier rubber insert that fits the exact aluminum extrusion. I believe it was originally used on the Morgan 38. Since installing the heavier vinyl insert, the problem has gone away. Good luck.
Ragdoll2 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 05-15-2015 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Siamese's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,037
Thanks: 3
Thanked 28 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Re: Rub Rail Falling Off

Thanks for the help, everyone. I might as well go ahead and get the new vinyl rail. It's only money.
Siamese is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 05-16-2015
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,974
Thanks: 2
Thanked 61 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 16
Re: Rub Rail Falling Off

Also, the rubrail is directional due to the screws holding the metal, if it was inserted upside down it would keep getting pushed out. I have 2 pieces of the insert leftover from a "94 C270 and a 2002 boat. I think they are about 14 to 17 feet each, your welcome to them if the shipping isn't more than they are worth. The webpage below has a picture that shows the contour of the back, and how it clears the screws.
Catalina Direct: Rubrail C-320, C-36 Open Transom Gray Vinyl

"Just call me TB"
capttb is online now  
post #7 of 7 Old 05-17-2015
Senior Moment Member
SloopJonB's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Vancouver B.C.
Posts: 13,228
Thanks: 91
Thanked 128 Times in 123 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Rub Rail Falling Off

Originally Posted by Siamese View Post
Thanks for the help, everyone. I might as well go ahead and get the new vinyl rail. It's only money.
It's a LOT of money - that stuff is $$$ per foot. Stick it in with some poly adhesive like 4200 or even 5200 if you use it sparingly.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
SloopJonB is online now  

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
rub rail ncsc Cal 15 09-18-2014 06:40 PM
Rebedding Mahogany Toe Rail & Rub Rail Finallybuyingaboat Gear & Maintenance 3 03-15-2009 09:28 AM
Rub rail brak Gear & Maintenance 4 05-06-2008 03:33 PM
Toe Rail And Rub Rail C&c FRANK PALERMO General Discussion (sailing related) 1 10-08-2006 09:14 PM
S-2 Rub Rail Hymie Gear & Maintenance 1 10-27-2004 08:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome