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calipat posted 06-13-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for calipat   Send Email to calipat  
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?
JBCornwell posted 06-13-2002 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy Calipat.

This exact issue has been discussed several times and is probably available in overdose in old threads.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Wild Turkey posted 06-13-2002 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
I found this thread after a quick search:


stagalv posted 06-13-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
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

TightPenny posted 06-14-2002 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
The ocean is a little too cold and a little too deep for that kind of safety reduction.

stagalv posted 06-15-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
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.
Arch Autenreith posted 06-15-2002 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
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.
mudpuppy posted 06-19-2002 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     

Better put some marine sealant in those screw holes, no?

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