Re: More Options for Rub Rail Inserts

Patrick McAneny

Mike, Speaking for myself, I will give a couple of my reasons.
1 . I need to take the old one off to paint my rub rail ,it already has a couple of cracks and probably more after removing it and reinstalling.
2. I have always hated the color, and it will not go well with my newly painted forest green rub rail, white will look much better.
3. The chalk is a pain,gets on me and the hull when touched.
4. It is a bit short ,shrunk a bit I guess ,used to be longer.
5. Its not going to last the life of the boat , so might as well replace it now.
6. Others are interested and by buying and or shipping now as a group will save approx. $1300. or more ,opposed to what one set shipped via Fed Ex air from France would cost.

 We took my boat down to Haven Harbor yesterday for repairs and to be Awlgripped , so we may see you and Tom in Rock Hall,this spring. Greta mention Aletes yesterday when we hauled out.
SM Shenanigans

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Ondra via Groups.Io <mdondra@...>
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Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2020 10:36 am
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] More Options for Rub Rail Inserts

With all the talk about rubrail replacement, I am curious as to why?
Ours certainly is chalky, but I wonder if there is a treatment to remove a thin layer of the material down to a “new” surface. Or apply a “permanent” coating on top of the chalky surface.
Mike Ondra
Aletes SM#240
From: <> On Behalf Of Patrick McAneny via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] More Options for Rub Rail Inserts
Karen, I certainly want to replace my rub rail , having it produced and available in the US. without shipping from France ,would make it much cheaper and more available for boats located on this side of the pond , keep me posted .
SM Shenanigans

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Smith via Groups.Io <karenharmonie@...>
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Sent: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 4:24 pm
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] More Options for Rub Rail Inserts
Hey group,
We have done a little digging into the possibility of US based production options for the rub rail inserts. Seems a good option instead of shipping relatively inexpensive, yet bulky and heavy material across the ocean.

Companies doing custom, short-run rubber extrusions are pretty common in the industry. We contacted a local manufacturer who specializes in things like rub rails for inflatable boats to see if they could produce the Amel rub rail insert in low quantity and at reasonable cost. 
The basic answer is, yes they can. They have seen a dimensioned drawing of the insert, and confirmed that they can make it without technical difficulty. It would be made of EDPM, the premier rubber formulation for UV exposure. Not sure about color yet.
There isn’t enough information yet to set a hard price, but it looks like the MAXIMUM cost would be $800 per boat, and it could be as little as half that, plus UPS domestic ground shipping.
The process would look like this:  If we get enough interest, I’ll trim a bit off my insert and give to the engineers so they can finalize the design of an extrusion die.  They then run off a prototype piece and I would test it for fit on my boat.  If all is good, a 50% deposit would hold a place in the production run.
If there is sufficient interest, we could have material in hand in 3 weeks.
At this point we have gone as far as we can go without having a read if there is enough interest in going further, so if this is something you’d want to participate in, or if you just have questions, drop an e-mail to greatketch@...

Karen Smith,
Bill Kinney
SM Harmonie #160
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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