Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rub Rails and Cap Rails

The local organic farmer and his wife stopped by. She's from the village and he's been farming now for seven years. They ship their produce to restaurants as far away as Tokyo.

Just a detail shot of the bench seats. Still have to plug the fastenings.

Hung the rub rails on the boat, called koberi.

The lower rub rail gets bedded in silicon, which covers all the nail heads for the plank fastenings.

Then the cap rails. I had two gorgeous, wide hinoki planks for them.

And done.

The bench seat tops installed. They are removeable and provide storage underneath for life preservers.

The little curved piece at the ends covers the transom fastenings.

The company owner took me out to lunch at his country club.

Golf with a panoramic view of the Inland Sea.

Look closely here and see the volume of ship traffic. Its amazing to see how many large ships are navigating those straits at all times. The Inland Sea would be a gorgeous cruising ground but you would want to have your wits about you, given the large vessels you are sharing it with.

I need to put the rub rails on the bottom tomorrow, so I had to get rid of my horses. I gave the boat legs to stand on, doubling them up for safety. The boat is still on the main beam at the center, but resting on the planking now.

The final push its been long days, and I pedal home from work at sunset.


  1. Hi Douglas
    I am curious why you bed the lower rub rail in silicon instead of using gorilla glue like you did on the planks for the boat in yesterdays post?

    Also just curios of if the rub rail originally was bedded in lacquer or if the nail holes just were plugged before mounting the rub rail.

    13 years ago I worked on a large reefer ship. We sailed the Japanese Inland Sea every 8 weeks, due to our trading route. It was spectacular.
    I think the Japanese government has some sort of regulation that stipulates that: "any goods that can be transported by sea has to be transported by sea". Which is why there is still a very active coaster fleet in Japan as opposed to e.g. Europe where trucks have practically taken over all that type of transport.
    As a seaman it is nice to see a lot of coasters, since it gives a lot of activity and life in any port.

  2. I could have used glue but I had a finite supply and in this application (not trying to necessarily bond the rub rail, since it might have to be removed someday) the silicon made sense. In the old days boatbuilders wrapped a bit of caulking around each nail shank and no, I think they used lacquer only in seams, because it was extremely expensive, probably the most expensive material in the boat.
    There is a great old documentary film called the Inland Sea by the late Donald Richie. Well worth finding.


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