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Have you looked under your gunnel lately
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posted 12-26-2005 09:02 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 12-26-2005 11:07 AM ET (US)
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...
posted 12-28-2005 09:14 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 12-30-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)
are the gunnels the rubrail mouldings? If not what are they?
posted 12-30-2005 11:37 AM ET (US)
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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