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kent posted 04-22-2000 06:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for kent  
Okay guys. I really need some advice. I posted this on another thread and didn't get much action, so I thought I would try a new post.

When I bought my old Whaler last summer, the side rails were missing. There were a few pieces of mounting hardware and lots of holes where the rails had been mounted. The original rails appear to have been a short 3 stanchion setup. They were attached to the gunnel by screws that appeared to have passed from the inside of the boat, through the stanchion mounting plate on the rail, through the inside FG shell, through the foam and into a plate with threaded posts that was inserted into the gunnel from the outside ( kind of a "Chicago" type of fastener). The thing that I didn't like about this is that the inner and outer FG shell and foam was sandwiched between this exterior plate and the inner stanchion plate. What had happened is that there was a significant dimple in the hull on both the inside and outside at the rail mounting points. It was rather unsightly. I have filled in and repaired the dimpled areas.

So now this is my dilema. I really want to have side rails on the boat, from a safety viewpoint and also I need a place to mount some rod holders and accessories. Do you think that the rails mounted as I have described were BW supplied, or perhaps aftermarket? I am not keen on using the same type of mounting system again because I really didn't like the dimple effect. My Whaler is pre-70, so apparently there is no wood in the gunnels to attach the rails to.

I am also thinking of fabricating my own rails. My reason for this is that BW supplied rails are outrageously priced and I can get rails fabricated for a lot less. I also want a slightly longer rail with a different configeration than the original ones.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I could firmly attach the rails?

Thanks, Kent

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