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I had installed them on both of my Shamrocks, which were very wet boats, but the helm was fully enclosed. They made a significant improvement on those boats.
 

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We put them on our 37 Topaz which is a known "wet" ride and clearly found improvement keeping the spray down a bit and maybe some speed. We also installed them on our 41 Albemarle after the first year. While the Albemarle was a significantly drier ride than the Topaz, there was still some spray in certain conditions that was objectional. The smart rails cut that down. Funny thing, on the later hulls (ours was #3), Albemarle modified the bottom mold to include a beefy spray rail for the same improvement.

Biggest pain about installation is waiting for 70 degree temperatures so that the adhesives will work properly. It's good stuff. Never had one fall off.
 

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I was thinking of installing them on my boat, but I was not sure how well they worked, or how well they held-up. I never trust hardware that is only glued on, but that is just me. Sounds like you guys like them.
My 31' Formula rides threw slop seas very smooth, but once I am in 3+ footers, the spray is so bad my windshield wipers have to stay on.

Hey Cardinal Joe could you tell me what it would run to have a set installed??
 

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nice job on that mako...looks really nice!!!i was gonna have my boat painted this winter with awl grip until i found out the cost!!!:eek:...material alone was about $1200.00!!!maybe next year...i hear all good things about the spray rails...if they cut down on spray i will be very happy...i hate gettin wet!!!:mad:...i'm gonna have a new set of rub rails put on while it's in the shop also...
 

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Where are you buying the Smart Rails from and are you putting them on or having someone put them on for you ?
I am considering putting them on my boat .
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You can buy them right from smart marine products. They ship them to you in a tube. When I bought my last set, the cost was up to about $600 a pair. I did both installs myself with a helper. They use a double sided 3M expoxy tape set about 1/16" in from the edge and once you touch the boat with them..they dont come off. To ensure that, they give you a 2 part epoxy that you put in the space from the tape to the end of the plastic...I did not like the chop I was feeling from the first 9' set that I installed on the chine of my first 26' Shamrock and I had to cut off the aft 3' with a sawzall....there was no getting the base of the rail off the boat. Toughest part was grinding off the paint to expose the fiberglass. I had good results and installed both the chine rails and the other style up on the hull side. The Shamrock hulls run pretty level in the water and take alot of spray over the forward part of the hull as they have very narrow chines that do no knock down any spray. For a center console like a Mako that wuns with her nose up, the hull typically contacts the water a lot farther aft and if the hull is plowing into waves, the rails are going to be submerged...I have not considered installing them on either of my Mako's. The spray that I take in those boats is usually thrown out and then blown back at the boat by the wind...
 

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I was thinking of installing them on my boat, but I was not sure how well they worked, or how well they held-up. I never trust hardware that is only glued on, but that is just me. Sounds like you guys like them.
My 31' Formula rides threw slop seas very smooth, but once I am in 3+ footers, the spray is so bad my windshield wipers have to stay on.

Hey Cardinal Joe could you tell me what it would run to have a set installed??
Couple Hours to install , Do you want them painted ? They come white .......

Cardinal Joe :thumbsup:
 

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I've got them installed on my Albemarle. 9 foot lengths install from the transom forward. Reduced the rock by about 30%.
George
George, you are touching on a different use, but I've seen what are doing on lots of Lobster boats up north. Not sure where yours are installed, but do you get any stern lift when you are running?? You must..
 

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There is a huge thread on the Albemarle Boat Owners website. It improved the lift, but my main goal was to reduce the rock. That combined with adding Albemarle's aftermarket running strakes makes it handle like a different boat. We can chat at the barnfest:thumbsup:
 
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