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DanH posted 09-10-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for DanH   Send Email to DanH  
Does anyone have the dimensions for the side rails of a 15' Sport? I'm looking in to getting some made.

Thanks,

Dan

Cicada posted 09-10-2003 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I have some sketches I could scan and send to you as a jpeg.

Paul

DanH posted 09-10-2003 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for DanH  Send Email to DanH     
That would be great!!!

sunlandwa@yahoo.com

Thanks,

Dan

Cicada posted 09-10-2003 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Are you looking for the stainless or wood rails. Should have asked before. I have sketches on the wood but not on the stainless. If the stainless maybe somebody else has them. My Sport has the stainless rails with the seat back option and don't know if that would help.

Paul

DanH posted 09-11-2003 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for DanH  Send Email to DanH     
I'm looking for the stainless rails without the seat back option. Bummer.

Thanks,

Dan

Tom W Clark posted 09-11-2003 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dan,

My parts diagram for the 15' Sport indicates the side rails are made from 84.375" of 7/8" tubing (.049" sidewall thickness). The overall length of the finished rail is not specified.

You also need to know the radius of the bend. I believe it is something like 6". It is extremely unlikely you will find a bending shop with a die for bending a large radius like that. That was always a unique Whaler touch.

You'll also need the center vertical stanchion which is just a straight length of tubing 14" long.

My best estimate is that the overall length of the finished side rail is 5' as measured on center (o.c.) of the fore and aft stanchions and that it stands 15" tall overall with the mounting hardware in place.

DanH posted 09-11-2003 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for DanH  Send Email to DanH     
Thanks Tom. Hopefully I will be able to find someone capable of bending the tubing in the Seattle area.

Dan

HAPPYJIM posted 09-11-2003 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
When you do find someone to do the bending, have them fill the tubing with dry sand and tape both ends while bending to prevent crimping the tubing. Play sand or sand blasting sand works best.
jameso posted 09-11-2003 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Dan,
The radius of the bend for the 15 is the same as the Montauk and I suspect the same as the 13, only difference being height and lenght of rail. You can cut down a set of Montauk rails to fit. Also If you find Montauk rails at a good price you could make the entire rail longer or taller as you wanted. Just remember where the wood backing plates are located and attach accordingly. If you are in the Seattle area check with someone that does aircraft hydraulic tubing they will probably have a large radius die. The rail is probably the easiest to get, the little chrome standoffs are rare as hell. I may have a couple if you will email me.
Good luck,
Jim Armstrong
Tom W Clark posted 09-11-2003 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dan,

There are LOTS of places in Seattle that bend marine tubing. I use Bob Picot Inc. on NE Boat Street, 206-632-6899.

scaleplane posted 09-13-2003 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     
Dan,

Tom was pretty much on target with the dimensions he gave you. I measured my 1976 15' Sport, and the only difference I found was that the length between end posts was 61.5 inches (just a bit over 5 feet).

Good Luck.

Cliff

whalernut posted 09-14-2003 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I don`t know if you want to go this route, but CMI still sells these(not with the seat back option) for the 13` Sport for about $300-400. I imagine they could make these for you for more money ofcourse, but they would make them exactly like the originals were, as they were the original supplier to B/W for these. Good luck either way and keep us posted how it turns out!! Jack.

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