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bradenton whaler posted 06-19-2001 11:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for bradenton whaler   Send Email to bradenton whaler  
I removed my bowrails on my 17' and am now putting them back on. What is the white substance that the rail fittings were seated with? I noticed it where the fittings attach to the hull and where the fittings attach to the railing. Do I need to buy some to reattach?
Tom W Clark posted 06-19-2001 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
It is probably polyurethane caulk or, less likely, bedding compound. I would suggest you use a polyurethane caulk to reinstall. Clean off as much of the old as possible before reinstallation.
bradenton whaler posted 06-19-2001 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bradenton whaler  Send Email to bradenton whaler     
Thanks Tom. I'll stop by Boat US on the way home. Is the function of the caulk to seal the joints from moister?
bradenton whaler posted 06-21-2001 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for bradenton whaler  Send Email to bradenton whaler     
The guys at West Marine suggested using 5200 for the re-attachment of the hardware to the hull and the railing to the fittings in order to reduce rattling. Anyone disagree?
lhg posted 06-21-2001 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The guys at West Marine are wrong. I wouldn't use 5200 for anything involving a rail, which may need later service. BW never uses anything like that in it's rail installations.

I also don't think the "white stuff" you found on your boat was original. Probably used by someone else at a later date.

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