Type 304 marine grade stainless buffed polished predrilled and countersunk hollow back ovals on 6-inch centers. Uses flat or oval head fasteners. The 1/2in sizes use #6 fasteners, the 3/4in sizes use #8 fasteners, the 1in and 1 1/4in sizes use #10 fasteners. Sold in 6 and 12 foot lengths only.
Any continuous 12 length must be shipped motor freight.
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For a Kayak we don't need the durability or the weight of SS or brass, do they make these stripe in Nylon?
We unfortunately do not have any lighter duty nylon rub rail materials. We do have some of the PVC inserts that usually fit in some of our other rub rail systems that would be more the scale you are looking for, but I'm not sure how you would attach it.
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With the SS rub rails do you use splice and end caps. Did not see those items listed. Thank you,
No need for splices or end caps. Just butt the ends of two sections against each other. To get a nice rounded end, you start with a piece a little longer than you need. A couple inches is good. Mark with a sharpie where you want the rounded end. Then using a mallet (wood or hard rubber) bend the end down using a rounded corner of an anvil, vise, or something similar. Then cut it with a hacksaw. A power hacksaw is wonderful. I recommend practicing this on a piece of scrap first.
I do not use them. I grind the end to a nice rounded point.
Hi Bill, here is a link to the end pieces. There are no splice fittings for this brand. https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=219&familyName=TACO+Hollow+Back+Stainless+Steel+Rub+Rail+Ends
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Can the 1/2 stock be bent around the stem of a small runabout? And, are there end pieces for the 1/2 stock.Thanks - Jim
No you cannot bend hollow back without kinks, you would need to use the solid back to bend it.
JD Tech Team
Could a short piece of this material be suitably used as a keel guard on a 10' dory?
Yes, that would work well.
JD Tech Team
What is the typical length of #6 screw used for the half inch oval?
When I installed my Hollow Back Half Ovals I used 3/4" lg #6 Stainless Steel Oval Head Screws. As long as you have a good sound piece of wood to attach your Hollow Back Ovals to, the 3/4" long #6 screws should work well. You could always use longer screws if you run into a problem of not getting good anchorage.Gary
My choice for screw length to mount the half-round stainless strip depends on several factors so in my opinion there is no "typical" screw length. Place the strip on the surface or edge that you're trying to protect. Then insert a screw of known length thru one of the mounting holes and measure how much protrudes above the half-round. This will give you a starting length, that is, how much length is needed before the screw sinks into the surface. Suppose you're mounting a 1/2" half-round on a flat surface: this length should come out about 1/2". Then consider what you're driving the screws into---if 1/2" wood, for example, an additional 1/4" or possibly 3/8" or so is all that can be used for a total length of 3/4" to 7/8". In no case should the screw length be long enough so the screw penetrates thru whatever you're mounting on----and keep in mind that there will be many screws holding the half-round in place and very little load on the assembly so there's no reason to use screws that penetrate more than 1/2" or so, in any case. If you're mounting onto a sharp corner or edge on a keel or stem then screw length will shorten depending on how sharp the corner is---in the extreme case the starting length could be essentially zero.
Half to three-quarter inch
Depends on the thickness of the substrate the oval is being fastened to and the amount of abuse the oval will see. I would think 3/4 inch may work, if it doesen't poke through the other side.
Is your ss rub rail #sho-hb44-6-3/4in X 6ft available in 12' lengths? Please also give price and shipping cost.
It is only offered in 6' lengths.
West Marine no longer sell the 3/4" and even with a pro account, they couldn't get near JD's price - even if they did sell it.I hope JD continues to carry the full range of Taco rubrails.