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Deck Hand Rail's

I need to install new hand rail's on my J 29. Unfortunately the standard 10 inch on centers won't work and I need 13 in centers. I can buy them at $80.00 a piece I need 4 loops or I can make them. What wood can I use other then Teak, my tiller is Ash I think.

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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

I'm no expert, but a good quality, clear piece of a hardwood like mahogany or white oak (never red oak) will probably be just fine. However, unlike teak, they will require much more maintenance. If you forget to varnish or otherwise protect them they will rot. Teak can be abused like no other and a little sanding and oiling will bring it right back to where you need it because of how oily it is (and its oil protects it from rot etc).
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

White oak would work but if water gets behind the finish it will turn black.

If you can find Iroko it is very similar to teak but a lot less expensive.
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

How about making them out of SS tubing? - also at the Seattle boat show last year we saw rails and hatchboards etc made out of Starboard materials (now available in a few colours including a 'teaky' tone)

Seem that avoiding external wood on a J29 would make sense...
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

I love my stainless handrails. Varnish belongs inside if you like low maintenance.
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

Teak or ipe, which is one of the woods called "ironwood".

You can find ipe sold as decking in 1"x5" planks. You might be able to buy one stck of those and epoxy glue up double boards, to get more thickness, and still come out ahead of buying teak.
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

Cumaru is a wood similar to teak and easier to work than Ipe...
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Re: Deck Hand Rail's

Don't worry too much about rot. The handrails will be dry almost all the time, out of the water and away from soil, in the sun.
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