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afinelli posted 06-07-2003 12:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for afinelli   Send Email to afinelli  
I have a 1967 Sakonnet (nominal 17' predecessor to Montauk) with the tall bow rails. I'm considering lowering the rail height, simply by chopping off an equal length from the vertical rail posts(stainless tubing) at each of the five points at which the railing is fastened to the hull. One immediate problem I see is that two of the vertical posts are bent at each end by design to enable proper fit with the tee connectors and base fittings that joins those posts with the rail and deck, respectively. If I shorten these posts, I will lose one bent end on each one, and may need to re-bend the shortened end. Is there a technique/tool for easily bending this type of post tubing? Is there a better way to achieve same end of lowering the rail? Am I making a big mistake trying to do this?
JBCornwell posted 06-07-2003 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Just an opinion, AFinelli, but I think you are making a big mistake.

The height of the rail is a safety thing. A shorter rail might well become a hazard, as well as compromize the originality of a classic.

If you can't stand it, take it off and save it. The next owner is going to want an original Sakonnet.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

sklein posted 06-08-2003 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for sklein  Send Email to sklein     
I found the lowered bow rail on mine to be much better for me. I don't stand on the bow, I sit. The lower rail is good for holding on to while sitting. If I do stand on the bow, it is to get on/off another boat, dock beach, etc and the high rail is difficult to get over. Consider your useage and make the best decision for what you want. As for re-bending the verticals, find a canvas shop that makes bimini tops. They'll have a bender for the 7/8 inch stainless tubing.

Steve

Dick posted 06-08-2003 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
If my memory is correct the bend is at the lower end of the stanchions. Do your cuts from the top end and you will retain the original bend.

Dick

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