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Old 21 April 2010, 03:51   #11
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calm now boys. They're both nice boats.... But whose is faster?

had a look at the rail this morning with the old man. Being fair the flex isn't at the joining points to the console and it is bolted in place. I think it's more the thickness of the rail and the strength of the console at the centre front point.

It's as thick as the support on the jockey back rest but not as thick as the hoop itself. Will post pics tonight.

As pointed out, it's fit for purpose of getting round the boat and a safety re the screen, and as the old man said, if it's much thicker it would be like scaffolding in your view.

Looks good though. gonna stick with it, it's fitted solidly on inspection and they aren't going to replace it with a thicker one for free are they, so other than perhaps putting a backing plate on the centre screw inside the console, (which we can do) not much to resolve it. (should have got biffer over to do it!)
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Old 21 April 2010, 03:58   #12
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And mines the one on the right
I've got flanged ends to my screen surround - seems pretty solid to me, although there is a lot less of me than there is of Andy
I notice you have a rear bar fixed to the console too, that would stop the rearward flex I suppose. The design I have is like yours but with only the front bar, so if you pull on the frame from the top it pulls back and the bar touches the screen. It's similar thickness to your bars rather than the much chunkier ones I've seen elsewhere.

Driving boat down on Sunday, not going to change that!
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Paul,
If I read you right you have used a simple screw head to fix the centre support inside the console?
I always sandwich the gelcoat/fibreglass over as large an area as possible, which I think particularly important if there is obvious flex at your mounting point(s). Hence the flanged ends to all my tubes, even if they are not as elegant as others although there is no flex to my console (read effing thick!) At the very least I would suggest using a large penny washer inside the console. I always use marine sealant under mine as well.
Speed - well it is relative isn't it; and relative to Andy's mine is ................
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If I read you right you have used a simple screw head to fix the centre support inside the console?
I always sandwich the gelcoat/fibreglass over as large an area as possible, which I think particularly important if there is obvious flex at your mounting point(s). Hence the flanged ends to all my tubes, even if they are not as elegant as others although there is no flex to my console (read effing thick!) At the very least I would suggest using a large penny washer inside the console. I always use marine sealant under mine as well.
Yes but Ian he'd like it ready to use this year
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Now that's uncalled for I don't know what you mean, and if I did, where's the fun in that
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boys boys, less ribbing, more ribbing on the water!

They are actually bolted through and have a 2p sized washer/stainless section between the SSrail and the console so there is some support. Might need a bigger one on the inside of the console on the centre strut as this is the one where the fibreglass console is moving a little and creating the flex when combined withe the flex of the tube itself.

I think to some degree i had higher expectations and wanted thicker tubing. My own fault for not being there and being specific enough. It looks good and serves purpose so job done.

Now for some weather and breaking the 50mph mark on the gps. Last year we hit 49 with 140l on board and two up. After that, it got some weed, then at the end the alternator screw came out and couldnt get over 35mph. grrr. All sorted and ready to rock.
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Now for some weather and breaking the 50mph mark on the gps. Last year we hit 49 with 140l on board and two up. After that, it got some weed, then at the end the alternator screw came out and couldnt get over 35mph. grrr. All sorted and ready to rock.
Sounds like you had your share of distractions, good luck for the new season
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They are actually bolted through and have a 2p sized washer
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back it, they may be reasonable about it, stainless for ribs is different than yaghty stuff just by the nature of what we do with them, good luck!
Quite, yachtie stuff has to work in all conditions, you lot only go out when the weather is nice

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