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Re: rubstrip,rubrail any
Posted by LeeG on May 4, 2007
Gunwales/outwales make sense on canoes and larger boats. For kayaks it's more of an artifact of earlier CLC kayaks where deck glass was not standard and 'boaty' details were emphasized.
A kayak is a very low freeboard boat, if you're in 1' waves and 10mph breeze it won't matter if you have a rubrail or not. You're going to get your hands wet, deck wet, skirt wet,,it's a water sport not a yachting sport.
I've built a few kayaks with and without rubrails. With regards to durability 10oz of glass (6oz hull + 4oz deck)one the upper edge of the side panel is VERY durable.
In Response to: rubstrip,rubrail any good by B. on May 4, 2007