Mine was in bad shape as well. I used GoJo to clean it up which worked fine and the polyester (?) rope was all falling apart so in order to change it, since it had been filled with foam after the rope was installed, I had to cup the rope at each opening and used a drill to drill in from each side to loosen the rope to remove it. I then bought new rope, a can of foam to fill in to hold the rope after installation. I would say I spent 3 hours, a lot of frustration, and $20. Could have easily bought a new one for a few $ more and some of the new ones have separate molded holes for easy rope changing. Oh and then added the boat name decal.