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bfhjack posted 05-19-2000 06:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for bfhjack   Send Email to bfhjack  
The rub rail I used came from Boston Whaler. It is a 3 piece system, a
rubber "L" shape gasket, a rigid plastic rub rail, and a black rubber insert
for the rub-rail. It came complete with rivits and hardware for finishing
the wrap around on the transom. I opted for stainless screws. I ordered
the rub rail and a complete graphics package and it was about $90.00. My
wife and I installed the rail in about 2 hours. Here's what we learned:
Tools needed: screw gun and drill or rivit gun and drill, rubber mallet,
heat gun, the most important tool was "Quick-Grip" mini bar clamps made by
Vise-Grip (4 of them, 12inch), utility knife.
The rigid rail is exactly that, very rigid so let it in the sun all day
to warm up. The rail comes with a square cut end, make a mitre cut to match
angle of transom. I also suggest to do this project on grass as I learned,
concrete scratches the rub rail, You'll see what I mean, this stuff is not
really cooperative when you first start. Anyway, align the gasket and the
mitred cut with transom and clamp up about 3 or 4 feet use as many clamps as
you can. (The use of screws allows you to make easier adjustments.) The
first couple of feet are the toughest. Once clamped, use mallet to
straighten
rail then screw. Once screwed, advance clamps and repeat process. Sight
down the rail from stern to ensure rail is straight. Use heat gun to
soften rail when you get to the bow. Take your time, it does bend and
conform to the radius. When inserting the black insert, leave about 4
inches extend out the back before inserting. This allows you to wrap it on
the transom and attach with the supplied plastic insert and screw and dress
washer.. Sorry about the long disertation but I wish I had this info before
starting. Clamps are imperative to achieve a great looking job.
Rail can be ordered from your BW dealer.
KCarlsen posted 05-19-2000 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
I just installed the same rub rail system on my 1969 classic but I purchased the rail from Barbour plastics. They only deal wholesale but after begging them, they finally gave in and sold me the pieces, $108 total. I screwed the rigid part in every 8" and kept the roll in the box to prevent scratching on my concrete floor. My wife held the rail as I drilled and screwed. The rigid is white and the L piece and insert are black. I used a heat gun when I got to the curves at the bow. The rail looks great and gives the old boat a beautiful visible line. I am very happy with the results. Kurt
kent posted 05-19-2000 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for kent    
Kurt, I ran into the same thing with Barbour. They didn't want to sell to me, either. I talked to a person named Kathy Foley. I didn't beg, but I guess that I don't have the same power of persuassion as you! She basically told me that I would have deal with a BW dealer. The Barbour lead turned out to be a dead end, except that I did learn some things about the rail that they supply to Whaler.
jimh posted 05-30-2000 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have mined all the nuggets from the FORUM on the topic of RUB RAILS and refined it into an article. I think this puts all the info in one place for future reference. See:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/rubRail.html

Thanks to all who contributed!

--jimh

lhg posted 05-24-2001 01:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Another topic of continuing interest.

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