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dchapp posted 02-19-2002 08:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for dchapp   Send Email to dchapp  
I am currently rebuilding a 1985 Montauk. Boat is getting prepped for Awlgrip and starting to look toward putting her back together. Needs a new bow rail, need opinions on which type to replace with and the pros and cons of each. Thanx in advance for your replies.
Andy Holmes posted 02-19-2002 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     

I recently installed an all-welded bow rail on my 1998 17' standard. I was very happy with both the price and service from my local BW dealer. I believe that it makes a difference what the year of your boat is, from the standpoint of fit. I think your boat would have originally had the bolt together rail as opposed to the welded rail. It may be related to the location of the wood backing in your hull. Diagrams are elsewhere on this web site. Hope this helps.

triblet posted 02-19-2002 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The dinosaurs like the bolt together rail,
but the welded rail strikes the engineer in
me as stronger, though more expensive to
tool up for.

For me, no bow rail is best -- I WANT to fall
overboard ;-) with my dive gear on.


dchapp posted 02-20-2002 07:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for dchapp  Send Email to dchapp     
Does anyone know if the mounting locations are similar for the different rail types?
Bigshot posted 02-20-2002 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I believe they are similar mounting spots.
Dick posted 02-20-2002 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My 99 Montauk has the welded rail and I have a bolt together rail hanging in my carport. I don't see any major difference in the mounting.
TightPenny posted 02-20-2002 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
The new welded railing needs 1/4" machine bolts to adequately attach it, unless you run in glass surfaced waters. The screws that come from the factory just don't cut it.

Been there and done that and had the weekends without the boat while the warranty repairs were going on.

dscew posted 02-20-2002 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
Definitely different mounting spots. If you look at them side be side, you'll find the layout is different.

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