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    '87 E34 rub rail replacement

    Anyone know the best replacement for my 87 E34? See photo. I doubt anybody makes the exact rail.
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    rube rail replacement

    try here

    http://tacomarine.com/cat--Rigid-Rub..._rr_solid.html

    This was posted before, I don't have any connection with them.

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    Oddly enough, I have heard good things about http://rubrails.com/

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    will try cleaning

    Thanks for all the tips! Since the price to replace the rails seem a bit high I think i will simply try a cleaner for aluminum. While the rails (solid aluminum, no insert) probably do need replacing, they aren't destroyed yet . I will try first a low cost product Duraglass for Aluminum available at auto supplies, then perhaps one of those pricey West Marine products.. 3M at$26. Anyone have experience with cleaners.

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    Yeah, the pic of your rub rail actually looks pretty good. I would just clean it uo too. Mine has some pitting and will need replacement......but it is not at the top of the list.
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    Thanks Keith, but the photo was one I just happen to have which showe a good part of the rail. In other places, not so good. scraches, dents, pitts in some places. So cleaning will help I hope. I meant the photo to show the type of rail... apparently not available anywhere now. For example the screw holes are around 9" apart, unusual I think . (It would be nice to not to have to make new holes.

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    E 29

    This is a new response to an older post. The rubrail issue is addressed in other areas but if you are like me and new to EO then the more info the better. I just replaced my 1976 E29 with one from Wefco after lots of researching and e baying. It is great,perfect and cheap

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    I know I am beating this to death, but I had to post this image here because apparently there is NO replacement for this particular rub rail (Ericsons of the 1987 time frame - at least the E34. . All the appreciated help directed my way leads to either vinyl, vinyl inserts or aluminum that is different. If I have to pay the rather high cost of a new aluminum or an insert,it would be really preferred to use the same 9" apart screw holes. But I dont think it exists. So apparently there is no OEM rubrail for these models.

    I tried cleaning with an aluminum cleaner with only marginal success. Lots of really pitted and scarred places. So if I ever replace a vinyl insert would be lots better than dented and scarred aluminum. I dont understand why Ericson used solid aluminum in the first place... considering it was 1987.

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    Sailingdeacon,

    If you look back, there were LOTS of posts on that subject.

    My rail was ripped off by a collision with a HUNTER42 (unfair!), and I replaced what was left with a TACO Aluminum rail. Two sections each side with new holes. Looks better than before and not a big deal. The old ones looked horrible in comparison. Cleaning the hull-deck joint, patching with 5200 here and there, drilling and then caulking the new screws was not a big deal...and I did not have a choice. BTW, I used the opportunity to repaint the cove stripe, too. I love boating!
    Chris Winter
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    Is the rub rail through bolted?

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    If you look at the picture in post #1, those are screwed in, thru the sealant that beds the deck and hull flange. Inside the boat there is a band of roving over that joint, effectively permanently joining the deck and hull. The screws may or may not pierce the roving. Maybe some other owners of 80's E boats can comment.

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    Through bolting

    I don't think you want to compromise the clean inside per Loren. I believe I have them screwed in with perhaps 1/2-3/4" in the joint, and then all caulked up. Works for me! I try to stay away from things that are harder than this can handle... A good fenderboard will go a long way, as will a fearful crew with strong hands.
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    Which Taco rub rail ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cawinter View Post
    Sailingdeacon,

    If you look back, there were LOTS of posts on that subject.

    My rail was ripped off by a collision with a HUNTER42 (unfair!), and I replaced what was left with a TACO Aluminum rail. Two sections each side with new holes. Looks better than before and not a big deal. The old ones looked horrible in comparison. Cleaning the hull-deck joint, patching with 5200 here and there, drilling and then caulking the new screws was not a big deal...and I did not have a choice. BTW, I used the opportunity to repaint the cove stripe, too. I love boating!
    Sailingdeacon

    Which rub rail from Taco did you use? I've checked around and can not find any thats close to mine, for the 38-200 1989.

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