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Old 10-26-2006, 10:37 AM
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Anybody replace a rubrail?

My rubrail -- the aluminum rail and the rubber insert are both chewed up a bit. Have any of you guys replaced yours, or at least the rubber piece? Tough job? It looks like the aluminum piece is riveted in place so I may skip that. And it looks like the rubber insert may be tough to squeeze in at a few places (e.g., around the nose, around the corners).

Should I try it?
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:42 AM
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It is a doable job. One trick that I have heard (from a boat manufacturer) is to boil the rubrail material in a big pot (like a turkey fryer). This makes it nice and soft so it is easy to puch into the aluminum channel. Just wear heavy leather gloves and get someone to help you.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:44 AM
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From the advice I've receved on the subject, it is more bearable as a two person job---one person feeds it, and the other moves it along.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:16 AM
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I replaced both my rail and insert on my old boat. The rail in a pita, but the insert is pretty simple. We filled the bathtub with "hot" water and put laundry detergent to slime it up a little.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:19 AM
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I replaced the insert.

I used a heat gun (the kind for stripping paint) to make the insert flexible.

The method that worked for me was to put bottom lip into the channel and use a wide, dull putty knife to push the top lip into the top of the channel.

You have to heat up the insert so that it is soft enough to bend, but be careful, you can melt it if you heat it up too much. I found that I could do about three feet at a time.

It is an easy job, but high in the pain in the a** factor !

Good luck.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:25 AM
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You're not going to want to do it in cold weather. Go ahead, ask me how I know.

Brian and ttu have the right idea. The dealers where I worked didn't have a container large enough to hold it so I was S.O.L.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:32 AM
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Where are you getting your replacement rubrail?
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:09 PM
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It's a bugger - definitely requires a heat gun especially for the rub rail itself. In cold weather, the insert is also hard. Usually, the rub rail is in sections (20-footers I think)- there may be two or three sections per boat and they are pretty cheap, like $30 per 20 foot section IIRC. The MasterCraft part has several countersunk holes already in it that match current locations for the screws that hold the deck to the hull. When you buy the rub rail section, it comes rolled up, so it's good to heat the stuff up to get the shipping bends out of it. Manipulating a 20 foot section of polyethylene rub rail is hard with just one person. The insert AFAIK is usually all one piece. It's relatively cheap. VERY hard to install if cold. What I found works best is to bend it acutely back on itself as it's installed into the rub rail. That brings the two legs closer together and allows them to slip into to slot in the rail.

Definitely do-able. Definitely a PITA.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:10 PM
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Where are you getting your replacement rubrail?
Not sure yet. Lex at Rambo told me he had both the insert and the (plastic) rail (the newer boat rails are plastic). But he said shipping the rail would be too expensive since it would have to be freighted. I assume I can get the insert from Rambo, but I'm going to check if there are any local suppliers first.

Sounds like the insert shouldn't be a big deal. I can soak it in my hottub. The weather isn't too cold around here either.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:14 PM
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bigmac,
was your rail screwed to the hull? I pulled out a short section of my insert and it looks like my rail is riveted to the hull. Also, it sounds like yours is the newer plastic kind Lex was telling me about, right? My existing one is aluminum.
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