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guy wants this fixed,  getting to it from the inside is not possible, there's an inspection port about 3' away...   

carefully grind away, possibly 6-8oz glass, fill, fair and paint ?   i don't want to take the rub rail off, that's mission impossible on 20+ year old rub rail

 

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3 hours ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

guy wants this fixed,  getting to it from the inside is not possible, there's an inspection port about 3' away...   

carefully grind away, possibly 6-8oz glass, fill, fair and paint ?   i don't want to take the rub rail off, that's mission impossible on 20+ year old rub rail

 

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Is he asking for it to be fixed for cosmetic reasons?  Doesn't look structural, I would just turn the boat upside down (it is a dinghy right?) open the crack up with a screwdriver and pour some epoxy filler in.  Find some way to clamp the crack closed, let it go off, fair, paint with matching gelcoat, fair in the gelcoat, finer and finer grit until smooth, wax, done.

If the gunwhale is cracked too, there is no way to fix it properly without removing the rub rail.

Can't turn it upside down? Take it down with a dremel tool, fill, fair, gelcoat, wax, done.

That rub rail is begging for replacement.  

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2 hours ago, Rain Man said:

Is he asking for it to be fixed for cosmetic reasons?  Doesn't look structural, I would just turn the boat upside down (it is a dinghy right?) open the crack up with a screwdriver and pour some epoxy filler in.  Find some way to clamp the crack closed, let it go off, fair, paint with matching gelcoat, fair in the gelcoat, finer and finer grit until smooth, wax, done.

If the gunwhale is cracked too, there is no way to fix it properly without removing the rub rail.

Can't turn it upside down? Take it down with a dremel tool, fill, fair, gelcoat, wax, done.

That rub rail is begging for replacement.  

nah, not a dinghy...   2700lb full keel 20 footer..

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Just grind off the bad glass down to a good, solid substrate, lay in some new glass using a light mat, put a small piece of glass tape over the mat, then fill and fair.  If you do all the glass work at one time, just letting it barely go green between layers, there’s no sanding involved.  That’s actually a pretty easy fix.

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11 hours ago, Will1073 said:

Are you sure the hull/deck joint hasn’t been compromised?

under that rub rail is an exterior tab,  each side 1/8" thick that's been  stapled about a million times per inch and a  edge track (for the toe rail to attach to) that's usually riveted in place..  so no worries..

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