Rotted rub rail

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Rotted rub rail

Postby Jastafford » Mon May 06, 2019 11:23 am

Going to have to replace sections of the rub rail on my 1972 42 woodie. There is a lot of rot and previous epoxy putty patches. Suggestions on wood and technique?
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby Rod Graff » Tue May 07, 2019 11:23 am

Can you scarf in pieces of African Mahogany? i know the rub rail is made up of several pieces, and is screwed into the sub decking with large silicon Bronze screws. Maybe Bob Lowe can suggest a repair technique, if you just have to repair sections.
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby bpbyrne » Tue May 07, 2019 6:24 pm

was this near the aft bilge vents by any chance?
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby Jastafford » Wed May 08, 2019 11:30 am

Yes, I am going to scarf in sections. The worst is in the straighter portions aft. I don't want to try and steam bend. The wood boat people have suggest yellow cedar and locust as possible good wood choices.
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby Jastafford » Wed May 08, 2019 11:35 am

It was by the vents, the scupper holes, everywhere. One section about 1 1/2 feet long was missing. Found it all when I finally got the wrap off. The PO beat the crap out of the rail. He had it full of putty in about 10 places. I spoke with one of the PO slip mates, they were slipped on the river and the current made it tough.
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby Jastafford » Wed May 08, 2019 11:39 am

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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby bpbyrne » Thu May 09, 2019 7:27 pm

yikes...yes, i ask as i happened by accident on early stages of rot inside the planking from rain water making it in through those aft vents. i made up a baffle and treated the wood and am hopeful i caught it early enough. i did notice where the rail meets the deck is also very vunerable...
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Re: Rotted rub rail

Postby Chesapeake » Fri May 10, 2019 7:01 am

Jastafford wrote:
>The wood boat people have suggest yellow cedar and locust as possible good wood choices.

Locust is good if it's Black Locust. Other options would be Purple Heart, Iroko, or Honduras Mahogany. Yellow cedar tools easy, but would it be stout enough for a rub rail that might actually rub?
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