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Old 13 October 2015, 04:43   #1
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Rubbing strake replacement - any tips

I've going to replace the rubbing strake on a 5m RIB I've just bought. I've never tried this before and just wondered if anyone had any top tips.

Assuming the strake comes in one length, what's the best way of doing the job: in one hit (pre glue everything and then work it on in one long go) or shorter sections? What's the best way to make sure it stays put whilst the glue is going off - lots of tape or should it naturally stay put providing its warm enough to flex a bit.

Any tips would be gratefully received!
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Old 13 October 2015, 12:45   #2
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Old 24 October 2015, 06:32   #3
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What Fabric is the tube? I work with Hypalon, but the process is the same AFAIK

5m isnt massive so you and one mate could do it easy, or on your jack jones but its easier with a hand.

Do it all in one hit, glue everything wait a bit then get sticking, trim the ends off if needed, then Roll the living daylights out of it, i mean once you think youve rolled it enough roll it some more and youll be just fine.

Then later on or the next day clean it all up and your done.

fresh blade for trimming the ends off the rubbing strake, nothing worse than trying to chop through with a knife as sharp as a spoon
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