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Old 08-12-2020, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default Banged Up RubRail

I have what I suspect is the common rubber rubrail held in place with a soft metal edging on both sides. During last weeks TS, it got beat up a bit and the soft metal got some dings in it from hitting my pipe dock. Some sections will catch your finger if you brush up against it. Anyone know if its possible to file down the sharp parts, not too worried about cosmetics, just dont want anyone catching a finger on it or some clothing.
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Old 08-12-2020, 01:41 PM   #2
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It sounds like you have nothing to loose by trying to file it smooth.

If that doesn't work out the boat manufacturer can tell you who made the rub rail.

Taco Marine makes several of them.

You may recognize yours on their site.
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Old 08-12-2020, 02:00 PM   #3
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I think this is a common enough occurrence that many marinas carry replacement rubrail parts, at least for the brands they sell. The metal rail is often attached with rivets, so you may need a pop rivet gun to replace a section. Cheap hand tool.
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What happens on mine more typically is that the back corner rides up and down on the edge of the dock in boat wakes as people are getting aboard, dislodging the rubber insert from the aluminum base. To fix that I first insert the lower edge of the rubber, which can't be seen from inside the boat, into the lower edge of the slot, then take a wide blade screwdriver or something similar (even a large coin, like a quarter) and press the upper edge of the rubber into the slot, working my way down until everything is back in place.

As for the sharp dings in the aluminum base, yes, just file them smooth for safety. As long as you have the rubber inserted securely you're fine. If the base got banged up so far out of shape that it won't hold the rubber in place, that's another story.
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