Originally Posted by Sierra Dave
I found the number and, strangely enough, it was under the rub strake. AVB14802I798. Also the rub strake is falling off. A lot of great boats don't have them and I find that it interferes with orderly and compact rolling. So talk me out of (or into) just removing the damn thing. I know, it will not look right... got any non- aesthetic reasons not to rip it off?
So, the rub strake protects the seam that runs along the side of the boat, if you remove it there's no longer a flat surface where all the material pieces meet, probably not an issue to remove it as long as you never hit the seam with anything, rock, wall, etc, if you did, there's a good chance you could inadvertently snag one of the seams and open it up, not something that would be an easy repair on the water.