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Andy Holmes posted 12-01-2002 06:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for Andy Holmes   Send Email to Andy Holmes  

Anyone have a good source for stainless steel tubing? I'm primarily looking for sizes less than one inch diameter. Thanks.

BugsyG posted 12-01-2002 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for BugsyG  Send Email to BugsyG     
Hi Andy!
My father is a canvas person in Ohio, and i know a lot from him..1 inch stainless tubing is nice..but it might be too big and heavy. What is the size of your whaler? I have a 17 montauk and primarily on those sizes of boats and bigger a little bit, we use 7/8 in. tubing. Looks nice and its easier to handle. We have a bigger boat besides the whaler (the whalers mine), we have a 42 Carver, and that has 1 inch tubing on it and it looks nice. So really whatever you would like to do with it, but just please keep in consideration on not how it will only look, but how it will handle as well. thank you


JimU posted 12-01-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Standard on most whaler is 7/8. Look under Aluminum and stainless in the yellow pages. It normally comes in ten foot sections. Get a commercial grade tubing cutter, about $25 and take your time cutting. JIM
kingfish posted 12-01-2002 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I have ordered stainless railing stock from West Marine catalog - 7 /8" diameter and available in various lengths if memory serves-


Steve Leone posted 12-02-2002 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Andy, I have a brand new tube bender that I will sell you reas. Good for doing boat rails. Steve ps Somebody really needs to go into the aftermarket biz on these rail and fixture items....
Andy Holmes posted 12-02-2002 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Guys:

Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate the information.

Taylor posted 12-02-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I'm not sure if this is just a local thing, but I found stainless tubing at a nearby salvage yard, Puget Sound Salvage in Seattle. There is sort of a fisheries flavor at this salvage yard, there are fenders and floats at the entry. But the stainless seems to be part of the metal operation, and the great thing is they sell it by the pound.

So look in the yellow pages under "Scrap Metals" and see if you can find anything.

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