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Old 18 January 2006, 03:29   #1
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Anyone know what material rubbing strake is made of?

I have a supplier of raw rubber like materials and they can provide the raw materials in strips cut to requested width strips.

Reading the spec I think possible candidates would be EPDM, nitrile, or hard neoprene. They all come in black and can be cut in strips from 3/16" - 1/4" thickness. This is for my new 5.4 searider. I'm just exploring around. I'm not sure I really need to reclad the tubes with new strake but if it'll work I might be tempted to look into it.

the link for

EPDM: http://www.rubbercal.com/epdm.html

Nitrile: http://www.rubbercal.com/Nitrile.html

Hard neoprene: http://www.rubbercal.com/Hard_Neoprene.html

Anyways I suspect rubbing strake couldn't be made of something too space age. I guess the hope was that it would be similar to one of these three.

Might anyone have an answer to this one? Would they glue to hypalon with the 2 part glues? THanks.
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Old 18 January 2006, 05:21   #2
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Oh nevermind. I just realized what a pain it would be to remove all that old strake. :0

Maybe when I get a new tubeset

It might be interesting to know what strake is typically made out of though.
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Old 19 January 2006, 00:04   #3
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I'm reasonably sure that the strakes on my Polaris are EPDM.

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Old 19 January 2006, 04:12   #4
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EPDM seems like the best for the job according to the specifications on the website. Pretty inexpensive considering strake is typically $4 per foot.
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Old 19 January 2006, 07:00   #5
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Paint the strakes, it's surprisingly good, realy good in black. David Manning has painted my strakes and it looks really good. I have left the boat in the water for a month to see how tough it was and it is just fine

It's special paint from inflatable boat supplies. I'll see if I can send you a sample over with the cleaner

do you have any bit of strake missing
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Old 19 January 2006, 09:52   #6
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Rogue Wave,

I was just going to replace the bow section. Its broken up at the nose and chipped all over. Its not very good looking.

I was thinking of painting the strake black. Do you happen to have a photo of yours?
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