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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 00:25 #1

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I've had my 1990 3288 for 6 weeks and am still in the honeymoon phase while bringing it back to life after a number of years of not being used. One of the issues is the radar arch which was just "pinned" to the flybridge by its mounting bolts after the internal wood that the bolts acted upon had rotted away. The arch has been removed and the wood replaced and epoxied in place. Now that it is near the point of reinstallation, I wish that I had been more careful with the vinyl edging around the perimeter of the arch. I had no idea that this edging would be so hard to find. Does anyone know where to find this? I just finished removing the staples and various sealants from the old trim and will patch it up as best I can to use it again unless I can find a source.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 01:13 #2

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I've moved this to motoryachts to get you some attention.
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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 02:12 #4

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We made our own edging, buy some marine vinyl and use a piece of nylon cord and sew it in with a wide enough lip to fasten it to the new plywood or whatever you use for backing.
You could also use some contact cement which may be easier.
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I had no idea that this edging would be so hard to find.

Hobeau,
First , welcome!
Secondly, piping, as it's known in the upholstery world is usually fabricated on demand. For marine use you can either hire an upholstery shop to make you the length you need or, as in my case, I purchased the marine vinyl (different than automotive) and took it to a shop and asked for 60' of 3/8" piping. Make sure you do not use cotton cord as the base as it will mildew and rot after repeated exposure to water. Use the poly core. BTW, even you hire a shop to do all the work it's just not that expensive. Good luck with your project!!
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Moldings all came from E-bay ( Camper store) & they were cheap!


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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 06:02 #7

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Great job! I have the same project on my list and I like the way you did yours. Welcome to BOC!


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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 14:06 #8

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CaptUgly wrote: Moldings all came from E-bay ( Camper store) & they were cheap!


Did you use FRP?
Looks good,

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Newby with some radar arch issues 14 Mar 2016 14:22 #9

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Hobeau,
From your description it sounds like only a portion of the wood was replaced. Carefully check the complete arch for wood rot.
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Newby with some radar arch issues 18 Mar 2016 17:23 #10

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Thanks to all who responded to my call for help in locating the edging around the perimeter of the radar arch on my 3288. Capt Ugly did a great job on his retrofit using materials designed for campers and used a plastic material rather than upholstered wood for the inside covers. I will be using plastic also (ABS with haircell pattern exposed).

I was able to locate the edge trim after a good deal of searching online. It is called a Drip Rail and it is made by Trim-Lok. I think you can buy it direct from them if you want to order a 250 foot roll at slightly less than $1.00/foot. I purchased the 50 feet that I needed from their distributor, Austin Hardware & Supply for just under $2.50/foot. Austin has a number of outlets you can find with a web search. The Trim-Lok part number is DRW (Drip Rail White). They also have it in black. It comes with an adhesive on one side. I attached a photo of the product right out of the box.

Thanks again for the responses. I look forward to sharing with you again.

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