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post #9 of Old 07-24-2008
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S/S has to be TIG welded to hold properly. A good welder could possibly tack weld the rail back on, but that's it. It's a PITA, but pull the feet off and take the whole thing to a good fabrication shop.

Once, I'd have said build a new one, but with the wholesale cost of a 20' stick of 1" tubing being over $200 bucks now, it's gotten a little too pricey to just build a new part when the other one can be salvaged.

A tip: When you pull the 'feet' off the boat, make a template using 3" wide door skin glued with a hot glue gun. Mark the exact spot the original feet were in, including where the screw holes are at. That way the welder can put it back together and it won't have to be re-fitted to the boat.

A better way is to take the boat to the fab shop, have them tack weld the rail back to the feet so the holes are perfectly lined up, then take the feet off and let them have the rail to weld it up properly.

Most shops are incredibly busy, so don't be surprised if they need the rail for a few days. And don't forget about the 'work triangle'. You have cheap, fast, and good. You can have two of them, but not all three. If you want it fast, it's gonna be $$. If you're on a tight budget, and still want it fast, the work ain't gonna be wonderful. That's the reality of the business.

Cap'n Gary
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