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Marko888 posted 03-09-2015 12:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for Marko888  
What was the original purpose of the Shepherd's Crook on the Montauk and Outrage console railings? Was it simply an attractively styled grab handle, or did it arrive to accommodate the original Lee's outrigger bracket?

I ask as I consider redesigning my 1985 console grab rail to incorporate a bit of weather protection. A Curious George moment I suppose. I've done a bit of searching, but haven't found an answer. Thank you

jimh posted 03-09-2015 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
See the article in REFERENCE about Dick Fisher's own OUTRAGE with the fishing outriggers for the fitting of the outrigger base to the grab rail:

GRAND NUSSIE posted 03-09-2015 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for GRAND NUSSIE  Send Email to GRAND NUSSIE     
On the 19' Outrage built in the '70's, the forward shelter was firmly pulled down against the top of the Crook. Thus the canvas was pulled tight and the shelter became almost as solid as a cuddy cabin. I was very impressed when my dealer demonstrated this well designed feature.


Jeff posted 03-09-2015 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
The shepards cook I believe was originally meant for occupants seated in front of the console. It provided a grab rail to hold onto while riding up there without having to reach all the way out board to the bow rails.

The Outrage Cuddies did not have the hook but instead had one single straight up right. Some Guardians had two straight uprights.

Spuds posted 03-10-2015 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Spuds    
I was told by a guy whose Whaler legacy goes all the way back to working as a salesman at the local Houston Whaler dealership when my 1961 Nauset was being used as their demonstrator, that one of the very real dangers in these small craft was the enhanced motion they went through, over larger crafts when venturing out into open water.

The shepherds crook was designed to be easily within reach when standing in the foredeck. In fact, the entire console railing system was to help keep you secured toward the middle of the hull and help prevent you from going overboard if caught in rough seas. This central grab rail system idea is further enhanced to the aft deck with the addition of the leaning post with grab rail.

Sadly I see many Whaler renovations that eliminate this ingenious and practical safety feature.

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