cutting drains/scuppers in my washboards

steveinak

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Water puddles on the washboards of my boat, the former owner just drilled a hole in the center of the washboard and drilled some holes through the rubrail/toerail. I'd like to cut some slots/scuppers into the rubrail so the water would drain to the outside instead of running down through the hole in the center of the washboard and on the deck. Any advise on how to cut them? should i use a jigsaw or some kind of hacksaw/handsaw.

here's the hole in the washrail with the little overboard drain hole, can i just cut "scupper" out under the metal rubrail to give me a bigger spot for water to drain overboard? At least the foam core was sealed with resin so the core isn't wet or delaminating. If i get the water to drain i'm planning on puttying the hole and glassing the top to seal it.
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this is back in the stern, same here just cut out a "scupper" so the water drains and doesn't puddle back there.
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Steve,I have the same one piece rail on my boat.I cut some scuppers that work good,but the rails were off the boat when I did it.Maybe you could remove just enough from the stern to cut them in.If you look at the rail you will see how the outside edge of the toe rail is lower than the inside. They have to angle down to the outboard side the way the toe rail is designed.I used a drill and cleaned out the rest with a router.On the stern I used a peice of rail without the toe rail,and have a piece of stainless across the top.Once the hole is cut you have to seel up under the rail so the rail doesnt fill up with mud and other stuff.I'll get a picture this morning when I go to my boat.
 

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Removing the material with a drill bit works well, just plunge it through a few times then angle it from side to side to remove the material in the middle. Clean it up with a rat tail file and a bastard file. You could put in some round drains or something for the center of the rail, but with that angled piece glassed to the side of the boat you'd have to do some surgery or make an obstruction under the rail to hide the plumbing. Plus that's two more holes in your boat per drain.
 

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Water puddles on the washboards of my boat, the former owner just drilled a hole in the center of the washboard and drilled some holes through the rubrail/toerail. I'd like to cut some slots/scuppers into the rubrail so the water would drain to the outside instead of running down through the hole in the center of the washboard and on the deck. Any advise on how to cut them? should i use a jigsaw or some kind of hacksaw/handsaw.

here's the hole in the washrail with the little overboard drain hole, can i just cut "scupper" out under the metal rubrail to give me a bigger spot for water to drain overboard? At least the foam core was sealed with resin so the core isn't wet or delaminating. If i get the water to drain i'm planning on puttying the hole and glassing the top to seal it.
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is is back in the stern, same here just cut out a "scupper" so the water drains and doesn't puddle back there.
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I noticed the same "puddling" on the wash rails of a nearly new beautiful 28 BHM.

I suppose with the natural dip and rise of the shear on a DE, washrails will puddle
 

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Heres what I did on mine.You could take a thin piece of stainless to protect the washboard from the router,for the end to spin on, and you might not have to remove the rail.You can see the height difference from inside to out.I used a plunge cutter that doesnt have a live end,that will flush cut.I also have a piece of 1'' added to the top of the one piece rail,just so you dont get confused as to the shape of the toe rail.I like the toe rails high so my gaff doesnt interfere with the runners on the traps.

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Thanks again guys, i'm heading down to the boat armed with drills, files, chisels and a trim router to do some surgery on the rails, wish me luck and no bloody knuckles:D
 

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I found the right tool for the job,I measured and drew on the shape i wanted, drilled a hole at the other end and went to work cutting
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a little rough at first but a little work with a file then a followup with 60 &120 grit sandpaper and they turned out ok, nobody will notice the roughness from the beach
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did 2 on each side, one by the drill the other just behind the sawzall
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last 2 pics are finished and cleaned up.
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Quit early at 9:30 tonight had to retreat for the house cause the bugs are coming out bad :grin: i was do'in one swat for every 2 push/pulls of the file !! Good night boys i've got a date with a big bowl of ice cream !
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