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handn posted 12-26-2005 09:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for handn   Send Email to handn  
I looked under mine in my 305 Conquest and found four painted over galvanized metal brackets used to hold the gunnels to the hull.
The paint came off the brakets in big hunks and there was quite a bit of corrosion since I hadn't washed under there as thouroughly as I do the rest of the boat.
I guess Boston Whaler thinks out of sight out of mind but I would have liked to have seen stainless steel brackets on a top of the line boat.
Has anyone noticed this problem on their late model Whalers and is washing thouroughly and Salt Terminator all that can be done.
It looks like retrofitting stainless steel brackets would involve taking off the gunnels and be quite a chore.
kglinz posted 12-26-2005 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
http://www.whalerparts.com/Diagrams/2004/305%20Conquest/ PB305CQ19%20Model%20(1).pdf ....Handn
I don't have Gunnel design on my 28 that you have on your 305. If you're speaking of the bracket shown as index 17, the parts list shows it should be aluminum...

Kemp Lindsey

handn posted 12-28-2005 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Right you are Kemp, Thanks.
Aluminum or galvanized, my brackets are corroding right before my eyes.
I am soliciting suggestions on how to arrest the process.
whalerdude posted 12-30-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
are the gunnels the rubrail mouldings? If not what are they?
kglinz posted 12-30-2005 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I'd just call Whaler and see if you can work out something. I know that boat manufactures will contract warranty work to local repair shops. My dealer is 450 miles away and I've had him mail me a check so I could have a problem taken care of locally.

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