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ChocLabWhaler posted 09-22-2002 10:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for ChocLabWhaler   Send Email to ChocLabWhaler  
I've got a '67 Nauset with original console. Looking to create grab rails on the wood console, and/or windshield. Anybody got any ideas/pictures? I will eventually replace the windshield on the console. I'd like the grabrails to be wood, but do you recommend stainless? I've seen a stainless rail modification, somewhere. Couldn't find it it Cetecea.
Thanks, CLW
whalerron posted 09-23-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
If you can do it, make the grabrails out of stainless tubing. The tubing will require zero maintainence once it is installed. Since I couldn't find a used Katama grabrail, I am going to have a stainless grab rail made for my Minot console and after some searching, I found these guys:

Chesapeake Rigging
1-410-268-0956 ask for Richard.

They are in Annapolis and will make anything out of stainless tubing. Richard will even meet you at the shop on a Saturday or Sunday morning to discuss the job if need be.

On the Nauset, I would fashion the rail after that on the older OR boats. I would attach it to the sides of the console at the aft edges and bring it up, around and slightly above the windshield top.

ChocLabWhaler posted 09-23-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChocLabWhaler  Send Email to ChocLabWhaler     
Thank you. I've seen something like what you describe. Hoping to keep the classic look of wood. Is strength a problem with wood?
Bosmass posted 09-23-2002 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bosmass  Send Email to Bosmass     
After searching hi and low for console guards for my dual console 17 SSL Whaler, I settled on SS and right elbows, securing the inch piping to the sides with standard rail fittings. It works and I ride standing up and holding on. I'll email a pix.

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