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Old 16-10-2021, 19:11   #1
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Stainless Steel grab rails

I pulled the teak hand rails off my cabin top and would like to replace them with stainless steel but I'm having trouble finding options. Any leads?
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Stainless Steel grab rails

I used these handrail mounts from Newfound Metals in Port Townsend Washington. Add some heavy wall stainless tubing to suit your application.Click image for larger version

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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

You can try these. The two-hole base flange is fastened with a 5/16x18 flathead machine screw so you can remove the flange if you need to through bolt from the underside/backside. I haven't found a solution for through bolting inside and outside grabrail pairs (like most teak grabrail installation).

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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

The best, albeit most expensive, option is to find a stainless steel fabricator and have them make handrails to match your old teak ones. Up here in Ontario, Canada we have a few companies who do this work and turn out beautiful products. Look for a local company which already manufactures pulpits and pushpits. Talk to local boat builders or repair yards.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

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You can try these. The two-hole base flange is fastened with a 5/16x18 flathead machine screw so you can remove the flange if you need to through bolt from the underside/backside. I haven't found a solution for through bolting inside and outside grabrail pairs (like most teak grabrail installation).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VXPZX8...v_ov_lig_dp_it
Maybe I am overly cautious, but I would NEVER use a screw for something as critical as this. At the minimum; a bolt, to a large fender washer and nyloc nut on the inside.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

Well it would be more helpful if we had photos, a drawing or something more about how the teak handrails were fastened. You just cannot recommend a one size fits all solution.
If you have a cored deck, you could use stainless wing bolts...not as strong as bolts and fender washers but it’s a handrail. You could use a hole saw and place a pre drilled and tapped bar but that requires carefully digging out some core and then backfilling with epoxy. You fill the holes in the bar with wax to keep the epoxy out. These are just two solutions but there is just not enough info in your original post.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

I made my own for similar reasons.

1/2” schedule 80 316 I brought surplus for $4/pound.

I fabricated the rails in Canada and had them welded on in St Martin for $700.

The beauty of doing it yourself is you can get anything you want. I put those loops on the end so I can keep tie downs in place fore/aft.

No good photos of them. In the second photo we are in the middle of a refit and had just experienced a wicked hail storm. But you can see the rails.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

Look on line for SS hand grab rails. Nothing to do with marine. hand grab rails stainless steel you can find various lengths and designs.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

Handrails that are fastened with screws into fiberglass are a no-no. If the screws are sunk into something more substantial they are fine. The handrails on my Sabre 28 are double screwed through the deck into handrails on the interior so have plenty of meat for the screws to bite into and hold. Worked great for going on 46 years.

Replaced the wood handrails on my Pearson 35 with 2' stainless steel rails that are bolted through from underneath. Used 1/4" hex head bolts with fender washers. Only minor problem was the fiberglass headliner didn't closely follow the deck in a few places so there are small dimples in the liner where it is sucked up to the deck by the bolts. Used two 2' rails to replace a single 5' teak rail. This the design of the rails that I used but 24"
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I pulled the teak hand rails off my cabin top and would like to replace them with stainless steel but I'm having trouble finding options. Any leads?


We had ours custom fabricated to match the bolt spacing of the pulled teak handrails to include studs welded to the handrail flange bases. These were fastened to the inside wood handrails as originally built.
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Maybe I am overly cautious, but I would NEVER use a screw for something as critical as this. At the minimum; a bolt, to a large fender washer and nyloc nut on the inside.
On a timber core we used oversized hole filled with epoxy glue and glue machine screw in.

Strong enough to hold the mainsheet track and headsail track on previous 10m cat
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

Some bathroom hand rails are good quality SS. Check out your local hardware supplier - you may find what you want for minimal outlay.
If you want any curved rails etc. then dig deep into the pocket.
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Some bathroom hand rails are good quality SS. Check out your local hardware supplier - you may find what you want for minimal outlay.
If you want any curved rails etc. then dig deep into the pocket.
You and i are on the same page. On line gives a better selection.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

There are lots of options for stainless grab rails on Amazon, some of them are high quality and they are inexpensive.
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Re: Stainless Steel grab rails

stainless steel tubing...when it's wet is quite slippery..it might look shippy, but wood (teak) would be a better option in my humble opinion...
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