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Re: Rubrails, or No Rubra
Posted by LeeG on Apr 1, 2006
ChrisK wrote that based on unglassed decks starting with a totally different design where where the sheer joint is sharper and would leave more unglassed endgrain if rounded over. At the time the advertising fluff stated "cambered decks are stronger, no deck glass needed" which left you with an easily dinged edge. The rub rail "feature" continued on the later models as hulls changed. With a glassed hull and deck it's more of a legacy feature than functional. It's a "boaty" feature appropriate to dinghies and small boats where a few hundred pounds of boat with unglassed sides hits a dock and all there is is paint to resist the impact. On a light glassed kayak it's kind of a design anomaly.
In Response to: Rubrails, or No Rubrails? by David K. on Mar 31, 2006