I have built a Mill Creek 16.5 and a Shearwater 17 hybrid. On both boats i installed rubrails at the gunn'l. In both cases the rails show enough wear and dings to convince me they were worth having. Both of these boats have sheer clamps so bedding the strips in epoxy and holding them in place with brass brads was an easy installation.
I am now about to start construction of an 11 Ft little Auk - All cedar strip with no sheer clamp. I have not gone to far yet in investigating the addition of sheer clamps, but the way the deck meets the hull on this boat does not look conducive to adding them. The question is: should I put the rails on and if so, how? I would like to hear, especially from folks with all strip boats that do not have rails, how your boats hold up to abuse at the gunn'l. If you have installed rails without sheer clamps, how did you hold them in place while the glue sets? (Can't use clamsp as they should go on after the deck is glassed to the hull)
Thanks all, PAG