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  1. sgwright67's Avatar
    Thanks for posting! Although we haven't yet purchased the boat, it's likely this will be one of the jobs I will need to do. The new rails look great.
  2. kapnkd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SeaDart
    THANKS!!! I've been looking at their teak and holly for the cabin sole too. What about the install? Any difficulties?
    Merry Christmas Sea Dart!

    Not really, biggest thing is patience in planning your cuts, using a long straight edge and good sharp blade for precise cuts.

    I bought a roll of carpet floor paper 24" wide at Lowe's and made patterns for each area. I then copied the patterns to the bottom to keep the pencil lines off the teak and holly side. The paper was also a help in keeping the holly lines matched up from section to section for a consistent and aesthetic look.

    They have two types of adhesives for depending on what type of sole you have. Their reps are very knowledgeable and helpful. Also, check out their website and YouTube for independent how to videos.

    I've got photos that were posted in the past or can send you if you reply to my email at kkdiehl0427@sbcglobal.net (can't post them here).

    Like the handrails, the PlasTeak holds up well, cleans easily and takes a beating well.

    Fair Winds!
    -kerry
  3. SeaDart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kapnkd
    Very nice job and the split design does look really good! We too went with the PlasTeak rails on our Ď32 but were close enough to the factory to pick them up and save on the shipping. We even got a tour! Impressive operation and they have lots of other great products too! (Used their interior Teak & Holly for our cabin sole.)

    3 seasons now, they still look like new and havenít needed any maintenance. We oversized the holes then filled them solid with resin and redrilled the holes so if they ever leak it will no longer leach into the balsa coring. We bedded the rails with white butyl tape (purchased at an RV place) The butyl never dries so remains flexible and was much easier to clean up plus was a consistent thickness when bedding the rails.

    Also, we drilled completely through the inside cabin top liner and pulled the hand rails down with inside trim nuts to compress the rails more tightly to the cabin top. So far - no leaks, no drips, no errors!
    THANKS!!! I've been looking at their teak and holly for the cabin sole too. What about the install? Any difficulties?
  4. kapnkd's Avatar
    Very nice job and the split design does look really good! We too went with the PlasTeak rails on our ‘32 but were close enough to the factory to pick them up and save on the shipping. We even got a tour! Impressive operation and they have lots of other great products too! (Used their interior Teak & Holly for our cabin sole.)

    3 seasons now, they still look like new and haven’t needed any maintenance. We oversized the holes then filled them solid with resin and redrilled the holes so if they ever leak it will no longer leach into the balsa coring. We bedded the rails with white butyl tape (purchased at an RV place) The butyl never dries so remains flexible and was much easier to clean up plus was a consistent thickness when bedding the rails.

    Also, we drilled completely through the inside cabin top liner and pulled the hand rails down with inside trim nuts to compress the rails more tightly to the cabin top. So far - no leaks, no drips, no errors!
    Updated 12-15-2018 at 01:30 PM by kapnkd
  5. SeaDart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth K
    Hey, that looks really nice. Interesting that the 2+3 loops look better than the original long rail.

    Only problem I see with the PlasTeak is that your gonna mis the annual tape/scrape/varnish routine you would have had with wood.

    I know. The lack of maintenance is something I'll have to struggle with. But I think I'll be okay. Thanks!
  6. Kenneth K's Avatar
    Hey, that looks really nice. Interesting that the 2+3 loops look better than the original long rail.

    Only problem I see with the PlasTeak is that your gonna mis the annual tape/scrape/varnish routine you would have had with wood.
  7. mfield's Avatar
    A heartwarming story for the Thanksgiving season - I hope you have many fun years with Tween'r.