glassing the rub rails

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glassing the rub rails

Postby buckeye on Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:46 am

Did you glass the rub rail and tabernacle?
I'm assuming yes on both but would like to hear from the group.

Operating under the assumption that every square inch of exposed material will be sheathed if at all possible.
Spars being the apparent exception but I wonder about that as well.

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Re: glassing the rub rails

Postby riverron on Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:57 pm

I didn’t glass the rub rails, but they got lots of epoxy and varnish! I did glass the tabernacle.

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Re: glassing the rub rails

Postby Mflyer65 on Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:24 pm

I did not glass the rub rails or tabernacle on my boat.
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Re: glassing the rub rails

Postby JonLee on Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:14 pm

No fiberglass on the rubrails, but it is worthwhile to coat them in epoxy.
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Re: glassing the rub rails

Postby JonLee on Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:21 pm

I'll add that I did not do any fiberglassing on my original tabernacle (which I made removable). It got damaged due to a large lateral force being accidentally applied at the tip of the folded mast, and basically developed a spilt that ran down the middle of my bolt holes. With the new tabernacle, I did glass the lower part of the back of the tabernacle, though not for strength or durablility, but on the loose theory that maybe it would help prevent a crack/split like that from developing/propagating in the event of a moderate recurrence fo the event that took out it's predecessor. I haven't applied any engineering thought to whether that makes any sense, just had some glass and slapped it on when I was encapsulating the tabernacle with epoxy.
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