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Timo posted 04-05-2003 10:38 AM ET (US)   Profile for Timo   Send Email to Timo  

I have posted and looked everywhere. I conclude there are no bowrails for a 15' Sport anywhere for sale in the world, other than OEM. And if I want this year to be a more family oriented boating season (I have a 2 & 4 yr old)I need one...

Has anyone drafted a bowrail diagram? Could someone who has a bowrail send me a photo? I have the wood diagram and maybe that, used with a photo could be taken to a fabricator to have a custom one made...

Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

tuna1 posted 04-05-2003 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
You live in Mass,yes.Very easy to do.Email me and i will give you the address and phone# of CMI(in Quincy) who use to do all the stainless work for the factory when it was here in Rockland,Mass(where imho the only true whaler's were made).I would post it here but i have to look it up,not on the top of my head.
diamondjj posted 04-05-2003 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for diamondjj    
2 Shipyard Drive
Hingham, MA 02043

Tel: 781-740-1260
Fax: 781-740-1261

Dick posted 04-05-2003 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I can scan and e-mail you a parts drawing of the bow rail for a 15SS.

The 15SS bow rail will not fit if you have the side rails installed. If you have it custom made it could be shortened and save the side rails.

Let me know if you would like the scan.


Timo posted 04-05-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Timo  Send Email to Timo     
Thanks guys. CMI is who I mean when I said other than OEM...I was hoping to price a job from a local steel fabricator with some plans.

Dick, yes, thanks. I would very much like your scanned drawing of the SS rail. I actually prefer the lower SS rail as a model for what I am going to do; I do have the side rails and would like to keep them.

Thank you.

Steve Burtchaell posted 04-08-2003 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Burtchaell  Send Email to Steve Burtchaell     
Need bow rail plans for a 66' Currituck if anyone has them.

Just bought a 66' 16' BW Currituck.
Since children are riding we need a bow rail and top. Any pictures of a Currituck with bow rail or top would be much appreciated.

Anyone have a used rail or top for sale?

Can anyone direct us to a supplier that sells the tubing and hardware to make it ourselves. Is it a feasible project or is it best to have it custom maade by a professional?

Any tips or advice appreciated!

Clark Roberts posted 04-08-2003 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Timo, page 28 Cetacea shows bowrail on my 15 which I made lower than factory version and also it is shorter... your needs may differ ... making the railings is not difficult once you have the parts..standoffs etc..hard to find, may have to fab.. Happy Whalin'.. Clark.. SCN
reelescape1 posted 04-08-2003 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
There's a 15' on e-bay right now with a bow rail....might help you!!
jameso posted 04-08-2003 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
If you really must have a bow rail, you can modify a Montauk rail. Also a set of side rails can be modified to cover both sides of the bow excluding the pointy part that has the little Christmas lite on it. I have often though this would be a better solution especially for fisherpeople and netcasters.
As Clark said the rail is not hard to fabricate but the little thingies that hold it all together are a pain to find. The 15 rail as well as the standard Montauk rail "were designed by a lawyer"(triblet). If you do find a 15 rail I would suggest you shorten it some, a small child or large dog and walk under the thing. I shortened a 15 rail 2 inches and added two additional uprights, no shakey. Rails are also a good place for birds to rest while relieving themselves. Good luck.
jameso posted 04-08-2003 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Tim Bo,
Was at Surplus Unlimited in Daytona yesterday. They have what appears to be late model 15SS rails that could probably be modified. Since they are welded any good shop should be able to tailor them to fit a sport. Might want to call them. They also had a couple of the fiberglass Montauk consoles.
gansett posted 04-08-2003 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
Steve, re: '66 Currituck bow rail... I have '69 Nauset bow rail off the boat right now and could trace the bends for you and measure the stantions if you think that would be helpful.
Steve Burtchaell posted 04-09-2003 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Burtchaell  Send Email to Steve Burtchaell     
It would be very much appreciated if you could draw up a plan of the bow rail from your Nauset. Can you take a picture of it.

If you could point out where the rail attaches on the boat that would help too, as concerned to hit wood backing through the glass where it's mounted. Could you throw measurements from the center at the bow light back where the brackets attach.


jimh posted 04-09-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

The 16-Currituck hull is the same as a 16-Montauk hull, and there are many pictures of Montauk's with bow railings and flying tops in the Cetacea section.

A bow railing from a Montauk would probably fit a Currituck or be a good start.

Any decent marine store can sell you some type of stainless steel tubing and fittings from which you could attempt to make your own. To test the degree of difficulty in making your own railing, I suggest you buy a 3-foot piece of stainless steel tubing of the proper size (0.75-inch?? OD). Then try bending it into a uniform curve of about 70-degrees as might be needed in a bow rail. This experience should be enlightening.

Also, your tube bending must be very symmetrical so that both sides are alike. You will probably need to construct wooden jigs to make the bends, etc. Again, try bending a single 3-foot tube and see how it goes for you. Also, don't kink the tube or you will have to start over.

I am sure you could fashion something that would serve as a bow railing, but it would come down to your skill level as a tubing craftsman. You also have to decide if a home made bow railing could approach the esthics of the original.

[Also--I deleted your duplicate thread that posed this same question.--moderator]

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