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whalerron posted 07-10-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalerron   Send Email to whalerron  
I am trying to find a windshield rail for a Katama Whaler.

Is CMI in Boston? I just got off the phone with them and they do not have the drawings for the Katama windshield frame. Fred told me that recently someone came into his shop and had one of these rails made up after using an old one as a template. Is that person on this forum? Fred said he can make me one if he has one to use as a template.

If there is someone who lives near CMI and also owns a Katama, would that person be willing to let Fred take a look at his boat?
I guess my only other option is to try and gather a whole bunch of pictures and measurements from a Katama frame and give all that info to Fred. Does anybody have time to get this kind of info together?


whalerron posted 07-10-2002 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I just found a place here in Maryland that might be able to make me a similar rail if I cannot find an original. I have 2 questions:

1) What is the height of a Katama windshield rail about the console?

2) How far back from the front of the console do the windshield rail ends mount?

If I have a rail made, I plan on doing away with the forward stanchion that goes down to the front of the console. Instead, I want to have a short piece made up that goes from the rail center down to the console. Do you see any issues with this?


dscew posted 07-10-2002 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
The distance from the console top to the BOTTOM edge of the rail is 15-3/4". The distance from the front of the console to the CENTER of the end of the rail is 15". If you put a center strut in your rail, I would add a 3/4" thick plywood backing plate under the console top. It's not real thick and you could get stress cracks in the gelcoat. Also, this center strut will interfere with the canvas sindscreen, which is tied to underside of the rail. I would use a tee to run a strut out horizontally a couple of inches, then down to the front of the console.
whalerron posted 07-10-2002 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Thanks for the numbers. Could you also measure the RADIUS of the 2 top bends in the rail?

I have been thinking about putting a loop similar to the original one in the forward stanchion but cutting it off short so that it doesn't go all the way to the floor. I like to put my cooler where the front seats are and that original stanchion would be in the way.

In case you are wondering, I have a Minot which is a Katama without the windshield and after repowering, I really need that extra handrail.

- ron

jimh posted 07-11-2002 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC; was "Katama owner in Boston?"--jimh.]

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