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Old 06-22-2020, 07:09 AM
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I was cleaning up my Hewes and noticed the bottom of the rub rail was not tight to the hull. The more I looked at it, the more confused I got. It almost appears that it is supposed to be sealed(5200?) along this line? My first glance, I assumed it was pulling from the hull but it is not loose in any way. Plus if it were pulled tight to the hull, it wouldn't be even along the sides of the hull.

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It varies in width from tight to hull to 5/8 or maybe even 3/4 of an inch.
Old 06-22-2020, 07:13 AM
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In that situation, the most important thing is the deck and hull haven't become separated.

Looks like pretty poor "craftsmanship" to me..............do you have a Hewes dealer around you?
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That ain't right. Why would a rub rail separate like that? Looks like someone replaced the rub rail with one that was not made to fit your boat or the rub rail was defective. I have replaced rub rails before. I emailed the Boat
Manufacturer and asked who supplied their rub rails from (even better if the Manufacturer can give you the part number and the Manufacturer's name). There are not too many companies that make rub rails. Contact the rub rail maker and give them your Boat info and they most likely tell what is the ID # and they most likely tell you which of their Dealers to contact. It is not too expensive and not hard to install.

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Old 06-22-2020, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
In that situation, the most important thing is the deck and hull haven't become separated.

Looks like pretty poor "craftsmanship" to me..............do you have a Hewes dealer around you?
The deck and hull are not exhibiting any form of movement. The boat is an '01 so I am not certain a Dealer will be of any help.

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That ain't right. Why would a rub rail separate like that? Looks like someone replaced the rub rail with one that was not made to fit your boat or the rub rail was defective. I have replaced rub rails before. I emailed the Boat
Manufacturer and asked who supplied their rub rails from (even better if the Manufacturer can give you the part number and the Manufacturer's name). There are not too many companies that make rub rails. Contact the rub rail maker and give them your Boat info and they most likely tell what is the ID # and they most likely tell you which of their Dealers to contact. It is not too expensive and not hard to install.
I think you are correct. I don't think it separated from the hull. I think it was installed this way.

What I can't seem to wrap my head around is if you installed a rub rail that fit "tight" along the bottom, the hull line would look "wavy". The current line of the hull looks flawless. It's this underside that is awful looking.
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You could contact the mfgr. (Maverick Boat Co.?) and ask them what sealant they use under the rub rail. It's probably something like LifeCaulk or LifeSeal. Get a tube and get to it.
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I would start with 'Slyshon' here and he can probably point you to the correct contact at MBC for assistance.
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