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Old 06-21-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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Question rub rail remove and re-install?

I've read several posts here that say to remove the rubber bumper for the rub rail, just heat it a bit, and then pry it out gently. Re-install seems to be a simple tap-tap-tap affair with a mallet.

Ok, this seems easy enough, but I have some questions and concerns.

Looking at the rub rail on my 1990 SCR-2700, it appears the rubber bumper is one piece that surrouds the boat. The seam is at the center of my swim platform, then it goes entirely around the boat. There appears to be a screw at each end.

So am I correct that it's a one piece rubber bumper? How hard is it to remove the entire rubber bumper in one piece without breaking it?

Do you think this can be removed, and re-installled while the boat is in the water at a slip? I'm sure it's work!

I need to remove this so I can replace the side panels that cover the interior between the headliner and the carpet on the sides as mine are a mess after water damage over the years.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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Hey Rich,
I've dealt with those rubber bumpers on my previous boat. ussually they are 1 piece all the way around, 2 pieces at most. heating them up definitely helps but yea if you want to remove the whole thing and reinstall it, its definitely a lot of work. that black rubber isn't cheap either, i think it goes for like $3 a foot. so to be more understanding of your need, is it the screws beneath the rubber that you need to get to? its the kind of job that i would wait until the end of the season when the boat is out of the water to do personally, but i'm sure its possible to do in a slip. definitely a time consuming job though, those rubber rails are a pain to deal with. my previous boat doesn't even have the rubber anymore because once i took it off, it didn't wana go back in since it was old and weathered. (previous boat is a 17' 1968 Glastron Bowrider)

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Old 06-21-2012, 03:17 AM   #3
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Yes, I need to get access to the scews under the rubber of the rub rails.

I was also considering removing it to do the work I want to do now, and replacing it sometime in the future, perhaps when the boat is out of the water.
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I will be doing mine soon as I need to silicone the clamshell seam underneath that is leaking. I expect you will be doing that also. Are your side panels that rosy pink color?

Any photos and a follow up report would be great.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:58 AM   #5
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My side panels are a sort of maroon color, but most are water stained and deteriorated.
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Not that I've had the rub rail off of my boat, but are you certain removing the screws under it will release the side panels?

I thought the screws under the RR only joined the upper and lower halves of the boat. It's likely that the panels were installed before the two halves were joined.
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post some pictures!
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #8
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Not that I've had the rub rail off of my boat, but are you certain removing the screws under it will release the side panels?

I thought the screws under the RR only joined the upper and lower halves of the boat. It's likely that the panels were installed before the two halves were joined.
Knowing that I was going to have to replace them anyway, I pulled the corner of one of the side panels free to look behind it. Guess what I saw? The business end of a nice stainless steel screw (that I had just pulled free from the rear of the side panel), it's head was right between two of the washers and nuts that held the rub rail on, coming from the exterior of the boat. I was dumbfounded to learn that the factory had attached interior 'upholstery' from the outside of the boat! I think a few choice words leaked out of my lips when I found this!

If I can, I'll try to get some pictures the next time I'm on the boat.
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ok...let me chime in here....yes the rubber rub rail is USUALLY one piece....the interior trim panels are held in place by screws thru the rub rail frame....you have someone hold it in place while the person on the outside screws the screw into it .......it's a pain unless you have that person holding it flush and tight against the interior.....
the best way to remove the rub rail is if your in the water...take the whole thing out...remember where the start is...mark if need be...then heat and gently pull the rub rail out of the track.....keep heating as you pull it.....once it's all the way out....and you do the interior work your wanting to do...just back the screws out far enough to release the interior panel......don't remove the screws....when replacing the interior panels...have the person align the panels properly and press on the panel to ensure it's close enough for the screws to grip the back of the panel....the person on the outside needs to run the screws in being careful not to strip the panel....after all the panels are in place...run a bead of 4200 silicon sealant over the screws and in the middle of the track to ensure that no leaks occur to the interior....(trust me on this one).....
now insert the end of the rubber insert at the stern or where the start was marked....insert the holding screw.....start heating the rubber and press into the track.....using a rubber mallet to seat the insert ..work your way around the boat slowly making sure the rubber insert seats well.....remember if your too short...something wasn't heated...if your too long ...let it sit for a bit to cool off and hopefully it will shrink up a little enough to fit in the track at the end....
insert screw to hold finished end in place.....
now run a bead of 4200 silicone sealant over the top AND the bottom of the track to ensure water doesn't work it's way into the interior ........

now your done.....it's not hard...just time consuming........

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Just as I imagined! LOL

Thanks for the recap!

Why the hell did the factory think it was ok to secure interior panels from outside the boat?
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