Need Opinion on New Rub Rail

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  1. Jackson

    Jackson Senior Member

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    I have the original rail on my 36 H+H 1998. It's beat up, leaks rust down the hull from poor quality stainless etc. When I dock, I come in on a spring line in gear turned hard over to keep me against a row of pilings until we get all the lines on. This causes major chaffing down the side. Just curious what is the most durable type of rail to replace it with? I've seen very dense rubber types that seem durable. Who sells them? Any help is appreciated.

    This is a pic of my current rail that I want to change. The stainless molding around the PVC is a pain. I'm always ripping parts off. This was during a haul in the summer so it was cleaned up a little, it looks worse now lol.
     

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    Not sure what to do about your rail but any chance you could put some fendering on the pilings, like strips of PVC or composite decking to make it a bit more friendly for the boat?
     
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    Yup, I'm going to do something for sure, especially after I change the rail.
     
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    I've installed rubber replacement rub rails from Barbour on several boats over the years. Barbour mainly sells to manufacturers in 1000' rolls. But they also have a section of their website where they sell cut-offs in random lengths.

    Barbour website: SlipFit Rubrail/Insert -

    When I needed rubrail, I just ordered from Hamilton in exactly the length I needed. This is what I've used: Hamilton Marine: RUB RAIL UNIFLEX USE 725TUBE-F INSERT

    Instead of buying the hard plastic insert recommended to go in the slot over the fasteners, I use 3/8 nylon three-strand line. Makes a nice, durable and nautical looking rubrail.

    Ethan
    Sea Tow South Shore
     
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    Not sure you can get any more durable than the rigid plastic rail and stainless trim that you have
     
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    I most always "spring" in on a line like you. I have solid 1" wide stainless over my black PVC rub rail. No damage after 15-20 years. I got the solid SS from Carpenter Steel, it was meant for use in bottling plant conveyers and came undrilled and unpolished, it was very inexpensive too. I don't think the hollowback stuff will take the beating except on lightweight boats.
     
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    I went with Rigid 973-R in a Gray color. It's pretty much the same fit. I wanted to get away from the stainless trim, it was just another thing to break. I was constantly driving screws into the trim to keep it in place. I had to order from Hamilton to get 40' lengths.
     

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    I plan on using the old rub rail to coat the pilings that I land on. Hopefully that reduces future chaffing.
     
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    These things are the best for pile covers- float with the tide, rotate when you rub them and hard plastic so they are durable. My Boat club has them on every pile and they are holding up very well. Definitely take the damage out of rubbing them if you have to every day.

    Pile Protection | Sag Harbor NY
     
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    Try Hamilton Marine, Portland ME. They have a large selection
     
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    Jackson, could you post pictures of your new rubrail once it's installed.
     
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    Will do!
     
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    Powering on the spring for docking is "The Poor Man's Tugboat"!
     
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    Install the new rub rail? Pictures?
     
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    Not yet, I'll get around to it in August or September most likely. I'll post lots of pics.
     

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