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Stainless stern rail repair

I do a lot of rail repairs at GSF. Many boat owners are not aware their damaged boat rails can be repaired rather than replaced. Of course there are limits to the amount and type of damage that can be repaired before it makes more sense to just start over with a new rail. Hopefully these pics will help to demonstrate what is possible.

 

 

A severely bent stern rail off a Catalina sailboat 

A severely bent stern rail off a Catalina sailboat 

The rail is mounted to the welding table with fixtures to ensure proper alignment. Then the bent portion of tubing is cut out of the rail. The cardboard template on the table indexes the rotation of the rail foot so the holes line up with the original holes in the boat.

The rail is mounted to the welding table with fixtures to ensure proper alignment. Then the bent portion of tubing is cut out of the rail. The cardboard template on the table indexes the rotation of the rail foot so the holes line up with the original holes in the boat.

Internal stainless steel sleeves are made and inserted into the tube at the weld joints, the tube is then TIG welded, and the welds are hand filed down and polished. The end result is a repair that is undetectable to the naked eye and stronger than the original piece.  All done at a fraction of the cost of a building a new replacement rail.

Internal stainless steel sleeves are made and inserted into the tube at the weld joints, the tube is then TIG welded, and the welds are hand filed down and polished. The end result is a repair that is undetectable to the naked eye and stronger than the original piece.  All done at a fraction of the cost of a building a new replacement rail.

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