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Maerd posted 02-13-2001 01:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maerd  
Anyone have the CRASH RAIL used by the Coast Guard that goes around the back of the outboards to protect them? I go in and out of locks filled with other boats and bang against the walls and it sure would be nice to protect my 250 Merc.
DIVE 1 posted 02-13-2001 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Maerd,
What size is your Whaler?
unsinkable_2000 posted 02-15-2001 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for unsinkable_2000  Send Email to unsinkable_2000     
You can get one of these crash rails from the commercial Whaler cataglogue. Get in touch of the nearest whaler dealer and ask him for a catalogue with accessories. I have seen these in there. If not I know of a business here on the St. Lawrence River who can make them for you. I have also been able to find most parts and part #'s from whaler via email. Go to the website and email your question. Make sure to include what type and length of boat you have and that should help. I have a commercial whaler and have had no trouble getting Parts. Hope that helps.
DIVE 1 posted 02-15-2001 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Maerd,
I dug through the my parts pile and found a stern crash rail off of a 25' CPD hull. If you are interested, let me know. Keep in mind that a CPD hull is beefed up to attach the crash rail on top of the gunwales near the transom.
stagalv posted 02-15-2001 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Today two Texas Game Wardens tied up a 25' BW Justice near my office and I went over to check it out. It was a really nice boat (twin 225 mercs) and it had one of these "crash rails". I like the rail alot for looks and function. I briefly had visions of my boat with one but it would add too much extra length for me due to the trailer space available in my garage. Rex
Maerd posted 02-16-2001 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maerd    
Thanks to all that answered. Dive I have a 1999 21' Outrage with 250 Merc and thanks for the info on that item that you have but I am not going to beef up my boat etc. I have the Commercial Boats catalog and I may just have a shop make me one that is not as heavy as the ones displayed because I just want it to keep me off the lock wall and the ones in the catalog are to keep the towed boat from hitting the motors and keeping the tow line up and off the motors.
DIVE 1 posted 02-16-2001 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Maerd,
The crash rail that I have is too wide for your boat. All of the crash rails that I have seen were made of 1 1/2" or 2" T6061 schedule 40 aluminum pipe. They are not heavy and if you have a local fabricater that makes T-Tops, this may be a good place to start. GOOD LUCK
Jim
Louie Kokinis posted 02-24-2001 01:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
I would confirm that there is sufficient backing where you are going to connect the crash bar to the gunnel. Not all boats (including CPD) have phenolic or aluminum in the gunnels for crash or tow bar installations. I had to get confirmation before ordering a tow/radar bar for mine. A call to Whaler with you serial number may save you grief down the road.

GOOD LUCK

Louie

Maerd posted 02-24-2001 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maerd    
Thanks to those that answered. And special thanks to the six or seven semi-adults who did NOT jump in and say something stupid about the new style Whalers.
whalernut posted 02-24-2001 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I`m just curious as to who the 6-7 semi-adults you are giving a special thanks to? Shouldn`t they be commended by everyone for their special restraint? Since you think some people say stupid things about newer Whalers, please expose them for their special comments. You seem just a little insecure about you`re special purchase, why say anything at all? Regards-Jack Graner.

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