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Steve Bland posted 04-22-2001 02:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Steve Bland   Send Email to Steve Bland  
The "T' fittings on my port and starboard safety rails have corroded and I need to replace them. I have the fittings but they will not slide over the bend in the rail on my 1977 Montauk 17'. It seems my options are either to bend the railing or cut it underneath the "T". I certainly don't want to cut it. Some advice would be helpfull and appreciated.
Soho posted 04-22-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Steve,

There was a thread not that long ago about this. Check it out for some of the comments as there were a number of good ones.

FWIW - I cut my railings when faced with the same problem and they have been fine. One member suggested sleeving the joint, good idea really.

Ciao,

Ron

masbama posted 04-22-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
I had the same problem. Took mine to the local canvas, rail boat shop. He said that the T Fittings were not made of stainless but of some other material. Put new ones on without cutting and put a new seat/cushion on the '77 Montauk for $250. Should last another 24 years. Money well spent!
gregwhaler posted 04-24-2001 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for gregwhaler  Send Email to gregwhaler     
I had the same dilemma. I cut the rail at the back fitting, jambed a piece of smaller diameter SS tubing into the curved end with about a foot extending past the cut & remounted everything with new SS T-fittings. Worked great, no rattles & stronger rail for clamping my rod-holders.

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