Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Live in Carmel CA; Boat on SF Bay in San Rafael CA
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Re: Bow damage
I think the rub rail is covering the flanged deck/hull connection, as you said. I believe your repair can just be grinding down the cracked/crazed surface maybe 3/16" or so, and then laminating back up with layers of cloth and resin to the approximate original shape. You'll have to 'dummy' up the projecting flange profile as well, to give the rub rail something to snap over. Good practice, as you say.
I would try 'pulling' the rubrail forward, and back into place. You'll need to clamp something on the bow end, and use a come-a-long or some kind of tackle to pull on it at the correct angle. Do it on a warm day, and have a heat gun handy.
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