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    gunwale fixing

    guys ive done a search and nothing has come up for the method of reattaching the side gunwales,
    mine were taken off to paint the hull but now the rails need to go back on,in stock form i notices what i call trim tape that holds them as well as the self tappers,
    what methods do you find best to re stick these rails with as the tape is not avalible from yami...


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    What part are you refering to when you say side gunwale?
    Are you talking about the plastic trim that goes all the way around the ski?

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    For the back and the front pieces be careful not to use a rivet that is to large it will create a flat spot.

    I would think stainless wood screws and predrilling the holes. I know on some other brands they use bolts/washers.

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    yes the black plastic side trims(gunwales) ...

    stock they have double sided sticky tape full lenghts as well as self tappers,want to get some new tape but have no idea what you guys use for the job

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    Those self tapping tappers are "pop rivets" You can remove these from the molding.
    Here is what I did when I replaced mine.
    I found some stainless steel pan head bolts that fit the hole that is in the decking. Use a small head screw so you can slide the plastic insert down the middle of the trim. If I remember correctly, they were 5 mm, not sure of the legth. I then got a ss washer and ss nut that has the nylon locking liner in it. I also found some double sided tape from an auto parts store. I cut the tape into strips going from bolt hole to bolt hole. It was a simple as putting the tap on the plastic piece and then removing the other backing off the tape. I then put my bolts in the trim, lined them up with the holes on the ski, then placed it on. I used the washer and then the nut. Once you have the sides on, then you can do the front and then the back.
    Good luck.

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