Originally Posted by keith c
Another question for Bacchus. In order to properly seal the rub rail I would remove the metal outer strip and then the plastic rub rail part which is directly attached to the hull ? After those are removed where would I place the caulk ? I am guessing it would be the split that is held together with the short screw. Also do I need to caulk all the screws that attach the metal outer strip ? Thanks for your help.
After removing the metal trim and the PVC rail I made sure all the gaps in the hull / deck joint were filled. In several places the short screws had pulled through the fiberglass and I used short bolts & nuts. Having a grinder with cut off wheel is helpful as there is not much room for bolts.
I then layer a generous bead of caulk at the inside 90° corner of the deck flange. The PVC rail was then seated into that bead and screwed in place. My thinking is sealing the edge of the rail is batter than just a bead of caulk after rail is in place.
I also drilled a few holes in the bottom of the PVC rail so any water that did get in had a place to drain out instead of backing up into the hull to deck joint.?