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Replacing Rope Rub Rail Apr 20, 2017 11:03 PM #1

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After 29 years, I think it's time to change the rub rail rope. Has anyone done this?

The existing one looks like jute, ....or hemp? I'm thinking about changing it to a nice blue nylon 3-strand laid line. I'm also guessing it is ¾", correct? I looks like it just slips into the rubber channel.

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Replacing Rope Rub Rail Apr 21, 2017 02:49 PM #2

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Unless the nylon is a very tight lay it may not stay in place.
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Replacing Rope Rub Rail Apr 21, 2017 03:21 PM #3

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boatworkfl wrote:
Unless the nylon is a very tight lay it may not stay in place.

Thanks. Makes perfect sense.

Do you know what diameter it is? I'd use the existing one, but it is badly frayed and heavily worn.

It does just slip into the the rubber track, or is there something bedding it like glue, small nails or tacks?
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Replacing Rope Rub Rail Apr 21, 2017 06:50 PM #4

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I should be a slip fit, try and buy Manila rope rather than hemp.
There is also plastic rope that looks like hemp but I have not researched it.
You may be able to use a plastic tubing if you can find the correct size, rub rail manf offer a choice of ether with the rub rail.
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