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Initially Posted - 07/22/2018 :  06:33:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The vinyl rub rail is sagging out of a short section of the aluminum frame on my C-25 and I suspect this is a pretty common problem. I checked the replacement cost - which is not too bad - but I'm wondering if anyone has a less expensive fix to get me through at least the rest of the season without taking on a major replacement project right now?

Sailor Jerry
C-25 "Sea Song"
1978, SK, Std.
Pepin, WI

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Response Posted - 07/22/2018 :  08:22:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If the aluminum isn't damaged then you should be able to put it back in by warming the vinyl to make it pliable and some dish soap to help ease it back in. May need a rubber mallet.

Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound

Edited by - islander on 07/22/2018 08:25:49
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Response Posted - 07/22/2018 :  11:13:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't think it is a common problem. It could happen from hitting some in a grazing blow. As suggested, warm it, press int into place. Keep pressure on it until it cools since it likely has stretched and needs to shorten itself while still malleable.

Dave B. aboard Pearl
1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399
Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
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