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JimU posted 08-16-2000 05:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for JimU   Send Email to JimU  
If you are replacing a rub rail, here is a trick I used to make installing a Barbour one-piece (with insert, two-piece)rub rail a one-person job. (I could not get my bride to help me because she just broke a rib.) Use a ratchet style tie-down strap to keep tension on the rail while you are drilling it and your gunwhale for screws or rivets. Attach one end of the rub rail to your boat with a couple of screws to get started. Simply tie one end of the strap to the rub rail and the other end of the strap to a handy object and ratchet tension on the rail. I used the luggage rack on my truck. That way I could move the truck around the boat as I proceeded with the drilling and screwing. Hold the rail in place with some of the quick release clamps. That's not nearly as tiring as having someone pull tension on the rail by hand while you are installing it. The job goes really fast and was almost fun. You can take your time and have a beer as you work. Cheers. JimU

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