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Cpt Quint posted 10-08-2002 03:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cpt Quint   Send Email to Cpt Quint  
seems a lower profile bow rail on classic 16 would support the design better and look sharp. Is this as simple as getting an equal measurement on the verticle posts and taking out your rotozip, or will this ill effect the mounting area on the craft. Any photos? Any ideas on an optimum height reduction preference? Am I making anyone angry with the thought that I might modify the original bow rails (kinda like putting space lifters and neon on a 65 Mustang)?
JBCornwell posted 10-08-2002 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Quint.

The function of the bow railing is safety, not looks. To adequately protect an off-balance passenger, it must hit him/her above the knee.

Cutting it down might be prettier, but it would be near useless. You might as well just remove it. Save it for the next owner who might want the boat to be original.

Red sky at night. . .

Taylor posted 10-08-2002 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I'm not sure I agree with JB here. Yes saftey is the issue, but a lower rail would keep kids from going under it.
jameso posted 10-09-2002 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Just did some bow rail work on my 15CC lowered it a couple of inches and added two extra supports. MUCH more stable now. Get a good hack saw, and take your time. I took the entire rail off but left the supports attached, used duct tape to position the rail and did a little eyeball and precision measuring. Came out good. Also need a 10/24 tap and proper size CARBIDE bit to redo the screw holes, bed with 5200 and new screws, go easy on the tap though, they break real easy and are heck to remove.
email me if you have more questions,
Jim Armstrong
bdb posted 10-09-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
A good quality tubing cutter, of appropriate size provides beautiful cuts on stainless railing tubing. You'll be glad you got one.
tully_mars posted 10-09-2002 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Capt. Quint,

Keep us posted on how it comes out as I am about to modify mine just the same. I am more concerned about keeping kids seated with something good to hold on to in the front rather than bracing for people standing. If it isn't calm, you should stand in this boat anyway, it isn't that big! :)

Tully Mars

Salmon Tub posted 10-09-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
(This is for the benefit of Boston Whaler if they happen to see this post)

Gee Guys, wouldn't it be great if Boston Whaler contracted out to their rail maker to design a new low profile rail for the 16' and 17' hulls? It seems that most people have the hardest time with determining the actual lenght (height) of the modification rather than the fasteners and terminal hardware. Since, from the point of view of cost, it is almost the same to have a custom rail made by a rail maker (welded and perfect fit) as it is to buy a new rail from your dealer, I would think that most guys who don't or can't weld, and who don't want to use aftermarket hardware such as Taco or Perko, may actually opt to buy a new low profile rail direct from Boston Whaler (dealer). It could be an order item so dealers would not have to stock it, nor would it be difficult to make since the OEM supplier to BW will have to make only minor adjustments, and you could even trade in your old rail to the dealer or sell it to someone who wants to replace their high profile one. It would not cost them anything until they produce them, and being a special order item, they would only make them when they sell them. They could even coordinate them to be shipped with regular shipments of hulls to the dealers. It seems to me that there just might be enough interest in something like this, Not everyone likes those high rails, but took them because there was no other option. Gee, to bad they don't though, huh?

sklein posted 10-09-2002 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for sklein  Send Email to sklein     
Cpt Quint,

I have to say that lowering the bow rails has worked very well for me. You can see pictures of them on Cetacea page 60. We use the bow seat for sitting, not standing. The lowered rails are a very good height for sitting and holding on. I took 6-7 inches off the original height. I may have gone slightly too low for looks. 5-6 inches may have been better.

It's a question of what you want for your particular use, not what Whaler thought you might want. If it suits your needs, who cares what anyone else thinks?


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