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CUOffshore posted 04-30-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for CUOffshore   Send Email to CUOffshore  
Have any of you removed a bow rail permanently? If so, how'd you go about filling the holes, matching the gelcoat, etc. I was thinking I could use sections of wooden dowel and then glass over them, but I need "particulars". Any help would be appreciated.



EddieS posted 04-30-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     

Do a search on filling holes or gel coat repair. There have been many threads covering the subject.


tlynch posted 04-30-2002 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     
Would it be possible to get stainless deck plates that are the same diameter as the base of the stantions with the same screw pattern and just screw these on to where you removed the railing. You would be left with a few stainless circles on your rail and it would not lok that bad. Then if you ever wanted to replace the railing it would not be a problem.


CUOffshore posted 04-30-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for CUOffshore  Send Email to CUOffshore     

I'm sure it's right in front of me but.... where is the "search" field?

tlynch posted 04-30-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     

What you do is go to "Show Topics From Last 2 Years" and then use your browser search function (ctrl+F on internet explorer. You can only search the topics.

I think searching for "screw" will work.


lhg posted 05-01-2002 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
There are three things you could do, depending on how you want the end result to look:

1. Fill the holes with either the dowels or Marine-Tex, leaving enough of a recess to use paste gelcoat on top. If you're good, no one will ever know a rail previously existed.

2. Use the round covering plate detail mentioned, either SS or some other material, but not aluminum, which won't hold up too well, especially in salt.

3. Just put same-size flat head SS screws, countersunk flush, into the existing holes, and polish up the gelcoat under the old bases.

I think the point about re-installation of a bow rail at a later date, possibly by a new owner, is worth considering, making #2 or #3 a possible solution.

Tom W Clark posted 05-01-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I think lhg's solution number 1 or 3 are OK but not number 2.

If you try to patch the holes DO NOT use wood dowel. Use only wood plugs.

Solution 1 would also allow reinstallation of the bow rail at a future date with all the strength of the original and maybe more.

I think installing cover plates is impractical because you will not find the plate as an off-the-shelf part. It would look less attractive. Also if they are not perfectly installed as a bow rail would be you may still wind up with water intrusion that would make future reinstallation of the bow rail suspect as the wood backing deteriorates.

Solution number 3 would look OK and be the easiest and least expensive and time consuming.

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