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Loose SS rails on Montauk
|Author||Topic: Loose SS rails on Montauk|
posted 06-13-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)
The screws that hold the SS hand rails to the hull and console are loose...what is the best way to secure these screws so they won't vibrate loose?
posted 06-13-2002 11:15 AM ET (US)
This exact issue has been discussed several times and is probably available in overdose in old threads.
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posted 06-13-2002 12:06 PM ET (US)
I found this thread after a quick search:
posted 06-13-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)
I say get rid of them all together. I took all of my rails off and glassed over the holes because they rattle too much and they confine you on the boat. It is already a small boat but when you keep the side rails that confines you more. Without the side rails you can sit on the gunnel and without the bow rail you can fish with freedom on the fwd platform. When I landed fish from the bow it was a challenge to hold your rod and reach under the rail to get the fish.
Now the other side of the issue -- Safety. I do realize that the rails are excellent for safety. You will just have to weigh that out for yourself depending on of you have kids etc.. In addition I like the looks of the boat with the rails and this keeps in the original styling of the boat. Rex
posted 06-14-2002 11:07 AM ET (US)
The ocean is a little too cold and a little too deep for that kind of safety reduction.
posted 06-15-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)
Like I said, everybody will have to make the safety determination on their own. Where I am the water temp is 85 degrees, I usually fish in 4ft of water and we don't have kids.
posted 06-15-2002 08:27 PM ET (US)
Take them off!!! I think it was the single best thing I did. Kind of got in the way getting on and off also. Big tripper. I didn't glass in the holes but rather just countersunk them and put the screws back in. You can always try it and put the railing back on if you don't like it.
posted 06-19-2002 01:01 AM ET (US)
Better put some marine sealant in those screw holes, no?
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