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Hale posted 03-11-2004 03:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hale   Send Email to Hale  
I need to replace the T-fittings on the railing stanchions. The ones that are on there now are riveted. Is the metal under the fitting one continuous piece? O did the factory put two pieces together at the T-fitting. Is the railing one piece? This would be handy to know before I drill out the rivets and replace the T-fittings.


jimh posted 03-11-2004 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I'd just drill our the rivets on one of the T-fittings and find out. I think the railing is probably going to be one continuous piece of stock, with the T-fittings affixing it to the tops of the stanchions.
Tom W Clark posted 03-11-2004 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

It depends on what model you have and what year it is, but chances are that the rail is one piece. Whaler would slide the Tees on the tubing and then bend it.

In some cases, like with the very long wrap around bow rail on the Super Sport models, the rail will be joined under an intermediate Tee.

These joints have what is called a Hot Dog in them which is a 4" long piece of 3/4" tubing that serves as a spline between the two rail segments.

If you have a rail that you want to replace or re-chrome the Tees on you can always remove the set screws, slide the Tee down the rail a ways and cut the rail to remove the Tee.

A Hot Dog can then be used to reconnect the rail. This apparently works better than you might think. It is reported that there is no loss of rail stiffness doing this.

This could also be a solution for rail tees that have set screws that no longer hold. The Hot Dog is tapped for the set screw so that provides additional grip.

Joe Kriz posted 03-11-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     

Apparently jimh and Tom Clark know what model Whaler you have...
The rest of us have NO CLUE WHATSOEVER as to what model you are talking about..


Hale posted 03-12-2004 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hale  Send Email to Hale     
Sorry for not mentioning it,

It is a 1979-1980 17 standard, and I am referring to the side rails


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