Do other Kelt 7.6 owners have a strip of plastic under the handrail like shown in the picture? Just wondering if this is the original setup or something the previous owner did at a previous point. The plastic under my handrail is falling apart so I'm wondering if I even need it.
Going through the same thing right now Ryan. I found 3 pieces of plastic strips/shims under my slider, dried cracked and broken.
I am repairing one side at a time. I bought a scrap piece of 1/8" polymer from my local plastic shop. Cut 1 5/8" width strips on my table saw (use a high tooth count blade). The sheet was only 4' in length so I am butting 2 pieces 1 5/8" wide together to make up the 62" or so length. Not sure how I will seal yet, maybe countersink the holes and butyl tape.
I wondered too, if it was a factory shim job. Maybe now we know?
i thought about leaving out the shims and lay down a layer of butyl tape but I just didn't want to find out that there wasn't enough tolerance for slider to move smoothly.
I am also having to re-gelcoat under hatch where it rubbed on deck....it never has been very smooth sliding open.
I'll try to remember to shoot some pics when I reassemble.
I think there are one or two other threads on this. I removed a wood strip the previous owner had installed and replaced it with a 3/16" rubber seal (self adhesive RV/automotive seal). It's probably thicker than needed but it's held up and hasn't leaked in five or more years.
Good to know it's how other boats were constructed. I had the same plan to get some 1/8 HDPE and cut strips. I also bought some specialized Teflon tape with acrylic adhesive to lay down under the slider. Hopefully it'll make it slide better.
I think the rubbing and squeaking is due to the slide cover becoming mis-shaped over time. Kidda hard to fix that.