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Bud Taplin

If anyone decides to remove the caprail to better seal the hull to deck joint, it is a better idea to use 5200 or polysulphide rather than fiberglass. You will get a better seal. Apply lots of caulking, then smooth down the caulking on the top edge of the hull to deck joint so the top is completely sealed and all fasteners are covered. After the caulking has cured, water test the joint. Fit the caprail and drill the attaching holes. Lift off the caprail and apply a donut of caulking around each screw hole on the hull joint, then fasten down the caprail. Plug the screw heads with caulking and a teak bung.
Now you will have a truly watertight hull to deck joint.

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