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Pat Mellema
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I don't see why you can't butt joint pieces together if the cutting board is not long enough for a one piece.

Me either.  Just make the joint tight and have screws at the end of each piece where they meet.  Maybe even slightly round over the ends at the joint so they don't snag on anything.

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That should be plenty long with normal use. Bed the strip in caulk to keep any sand and dirt from getting under it. If you tape around the strip with masking tape when you dry fit it, remove it and then apply the caulking, it makes the clean up MUCH easier. Lesson I learned the hard way.

 

Even with the rub strip, I would still recommend pulling up to the landing sideways, put your legs out and stand up straddling the boat. This requires shallow water of course. That is what I do as long as there is enough space and it is shallow enough. I prefer not to beach when I don't have too. Rub strips work well but the most common cause of damage is abrasion. I decided a while back to break that habit  just to keep the abrasion to a minimum. 

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 If you tape around the strip with masking tape when you dry fit it, remove it and then apply the caulking, it makes the clean up MUCH easier.

 

I don't bother masking any more.  I find with polysulfide or polyurethane that it cleans up very easily with mineral spirits.  I can clean up much faster than the masking takes to apply.  It all depends on what material you are bedding with.

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