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Does anyone here know what diameter of rod is typically used for the protection bars on old style butterfly hatches?
 

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I would guess and say "whatever looked best" as it probably varied from builder to builder
 

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Does anyone here know what diameter of rod is typically used for the protection bars on old style butterfly hatches?
What sized hatch? What sizes of bronze rod do you have to choose from??
 

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If you can't step on them without bending they are too small. I used 1/2 bronze rod (buck a pound at scrap yard) on main skylight and 3/8 0n forward hatch.Never stood on the 3/8 .
 

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Mine are inside of a teak frame that can slide out of the opening portions of the butterfly hatch and look to be about 1/4"-5/16. More decorative then anything.
 

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I won't be putting them on a butterfly hatch, they are going over the lens of deep sided fiberglass hatches.

I figured 3/8" or 1/2" would be about right. I'll probably mock them up with dowels in place of the brass & see what looks right.
 

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3/8" bronze would be my suggestion if you can get it. Unless it's extremely high quality, stainless will need regular polishing whilst the bronze can be let go sea-green. :)
 

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Brass will work on deck. They will not be underwater and will be a lot less expensive than bronze, if you can even source it. I still choke at the price we charge for bronze screws.
 

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They'll be brass - I can get bronze but it's nearly $20/Ft. :eek: Brass is $3.75/Ft. :)

3/8" it is (or will be).

Thanks all.
 
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