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Old 03-12-2007, 09:32   #1
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Teak Handrail Replacement: Stainless Sources

Hi all,

I need to replace my cabintop teak handrails and am considering stainless. However, I'm having no luck finding a source for stainless rails that will bolt to my existing holes. Teak handrails seem to be standardized, so I'd like to find stainless rails that are the same standard.

Or bronze.

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Old 03-12-2007, 11:20   #2
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Are you looking for a solid one or the sectional ones like this? Sea Bowld 316 Stainless Steel Aft Handrail Stanchion 7/8'' - 6081CB - BoatersWorld.com

With the sectional ones you can make any hole spacing you wish. Although not as pretty as a solid one, it would work.
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As David implies, custom fabricate your new S/S hand-rails from components (Pipe & Fittings).
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How does a varnished stainless handrail look?
Have to use up all the small cans of old varnish somehow, right?
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Thanks for the replies all. I have seen the caps/rail types before and am not apposed to that route, but was hoping someone out there made one piece stainless rails that could bolt in place.

On that note then, anyone know of sources for bronze tubing? I can get very nice looking bronze end and mid-supports for "build yourself" rails, just don't know where to get bronze tubes.

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I was in West Marine today and saw some plastic ones. Are white plastic ones acceptable? They really don't look bad. If AFI were smart they would make some plastic ones in the same color as teak, but you cant have everything. At least you don't have to varnish them and you can drill out the hole spacing to match your existing holes. The plastic ones are shaped exactly like the teak ones. I can't seem find them in the online West Marine catalog but they are made by AFI (All Foreign Industries).
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One thought I had about plastic handrails was to go to the local builders suppy house and buy a plank of the plastic decking. It comes in several colors and is workable with standard woodworking tools. It comes in 1 inch thickness x 5 1/2 wide. A 16 foot plank runs about $30.00. Alot cheaper than the stuff West Marine peddles and you are not stuck with white. Use a bandsaw to cut them out and a router to round the edges. Ripped into long lenghts about 1 x 1 1/2 or so might even make good rubrails. Anyone tried this yet?
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Precision Tube Company manufactures Bronze Tubing
Tel: 215-699-5801
Fax: 215-699-0761
Web: Tubing Division

See also:

Julius Blum & Co
Tel: 201-438-4600
Fax: 201-438-6003
E-mail: bluminfo@juliusblum.com
Web: PRODUCTS: Tubing, Bars and Shapes

or Google < bronze tubing >
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If you use bronze tubing for your safery rails keep in mind that bronze tubing gets very hot to touch. I used bronze fittings and stainless tubing so as not to get burned by sitting on top of the rails or when the need to grab onto the rails.
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