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GlennH posted 08-04-2003 12:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for GlennH   Send Email to GlennH  
What are the procedures that I can try to get rid of the bow rail rattles on my 1969 Sakonnet? The rattles occur at the point where the rails pass through the horizontal bracket. I appreciate your collective experience.
macclan posted 08-05-2009 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for macclan  Send Email to macclan     
I recently purchased a 1978 Montauk 17 that needs some restoration, and it has the same problem of the rail rattling in the same places as you have mentioned. It chatters regardless of the speed. Any help would be appreciated!
deepwater posted 08-06-2009 04:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
Untill you decide what to fill the gap with, flat tooth picks will stop [the rattle]. I pulled [two] pieces of 40-lb [fishing line] through at the bottom of the hole.
Phil T posted 08-06-2009 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
There are several techniques to stop the rattle including replacing the screws with rivets or retapping them and adding 3M4200 for a better purchase.

Doing a search (under New Topic) on loose rails will give you many articles to review.

jimh posted 08-06-2009 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

dino54904 posted 08-06-2009 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for dino54904  Send Email to dino54904     
I drilled out the holes and replaced the original screws with stainless steel rivets (don't use typical aluminum rivets as they will eventually loosen up). No rattles ever since.
Blackduck posted 08-06-2009 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Blackduck  Send Email to Blackduck     
Call Fred at CMI Marine 781-337-0733, and get new screws and nylon lock washers.

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