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Aluminium rubbing strakes.

  • Peter Cawson
02 Feb 2023 22:36 #133778 by Peter Cawson
Replied by Peter Cawson on topic Aluminium rubbing strakes.
Good softwood is a suitable material for rubbing strakes. It has more "give" than steel or aluminium and doesn't need painting. Scratches go unnoticed and even hefty gouges don't render them ineffective in future wall-bashing! Or use what lifeboats, pilot boats and workboats use that need rubbing strakes that take a bashing but last forever - hollow section "rubber" -though perhaps it's now some form of plastic that's used. It's costly but lasts for ever and offers plenty of cushioning.

Whatever material you choose, it's unlikely to be available off-the-shelf (apart from rubber), so perhaps a good boatyard will be able to make something specifically for your boat.

These guys seem to offer a selection of rubber ones - . Their section DM4 seems most like the heavy duty section you see on workboats and seem a suitable size for inland waterways vessels.


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02 Feb 2023 18:57 #133775 by Richard Atkinson
Aluminium rubbing strakes. was created by Richard Atkinson
I'm trying to source a replacement in the UK for the above item as the current one surrounding the swim deck is slightly damaged. I guess it's approximately 5 cm. wide with a black rubber insert. I've found  2cm. varieties but not the larger size. Any help with potential suppliers would be much appreciated.

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