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Removable Grab Rails and Windshield
|Author||Topic: Removable Grab Rails and Windshield|
posted 06-22-2002 10:22 AM ET (US)
Hello All -
I am new to Whalers and to this forum. Right now I have a 2001 16' Dauntless w/ a 90 Merc 4 stroke. I'd like to move to the 21 Outrage with a Yamaha F225.
Anyway - the problem is the height of the boat on the trailer. Where I live, I must keep it in a garage (I don't want to keep it off site).
The size of the garage isn't the issue - I have a bay 14' X 30' and can get a break tongue trailer (even at that size I am told).
The door is the problem. Though its 9' wide, its only 8 feet tall. I have a true 95" of clearance. I have measured at my local dealer -- 108".
The dealer looked into getting the boat lower on the trailer, but couldn't come up with that many inches without sacrificing safety.
Anyone ever heard of a removable grab rail and windshield - i.e. easily removable and still sturdy upon putting it back?
I did consult a custom fabricator on the grab rail - they thought it was probably doable, but have never done one.
Any thoughts / experience / comments would be greatly appreciated.
posted 06-22-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)
I've been pondering the same thing. I have a 22' Outrage w/cuddy. My situation is similar with regard to garage height and I have removed the rail and windshield to gain entry, this in addition to mounting a hitch assembly on the front of my truck to ease movement of the boat in that I enter the garage from an extremely narrow alley.
Removal and relacement of the rail and windshield is a "Class A" pain, primarily due to the fact that my arms aren't 8' long to reach in and around the console.
I am going to check into the availability of some quick-release type fasteners that can be used in place of the nut and bolt system currently in place.
I'll let you know what I find if you're interested.
If all else fails I'll raise the garage!
Good luck with your situation.
posted 06-22-2002 12:04 PM ET (US)
mtbad - I look into making the opening higher. ~$3000. The door has to become a roll-up and would have to be custom made for the opening. Highest I could go is 112 in order to maintain header and the solid pour lentil (sp?) integrity. This doesn't include the royal pita the process entails.
I am very interested in what you find.
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