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  1. kampuniform

    kampuniform

    Joined Jan 20, 2017
    32 posts, 7 likes
    Yamaha 33
    Ca Vancouver Vancouver
    I'm about to pry off my handrails for refinishing/rebedding. Does anyone have the inside scoop about the fasteners? Bolted with nuts on either side, or nut on top?
     


  2. Dave Groshong

    Dave Groshong SBO Staff Staff Member

    Joined Jan 25, 2007
    1,108 posts, 18 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Seattle
    It's been my experience, well, those can really open up the proverbial can of worms! Has the bedding compound failed? Leaking? Headliner? Access? Better to refinish in place, in my opinion.
     


  3. David in Sandusky

    David in Sandusky

    Joined Nov 8, 2007
    907 posts, 45 likes
    Hunter 27_75-84
    US Sandusky Harbor Marina, Lake Erie
    The early Hunters award fastened with screws through the fiberglass into the core, and covered by bungs. If you can find circular teak bungs in a handrail, pull one out and check out the fastener. Then you will know what you have.
     


  4. GorillaToast

    GorillaToast

    Joined Sep 2, 2011
    944 posts, 36 likes
    Hunter 27 Cherubini
    US Alum Creek State Park
    The best way to get the bungs out is to twist a drywall screw into the center of the bungs. They should pop right out, albeit usually broken in pieces.
     


  5. kampuniform

    kampuniform

    Joined Jan 20, 2017
    32 posts, 7 likes
    Yamaha 33
    Ca Vancouver Vancouver
    Normally, I'd do them in situ, but the handrails are in a terrible state, and need some exacting work to save them from ruin. I'd rather not replace them, preferring to keep everything original. As well, because the handrails are in a state, they could stand to be rebedded, as a cursory examination reveals that the bedding will fail within the next few years, as it is flaking away rather easily.
     


  6. Joe

    Joe

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,064 posts, 167 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    If you don't see the fasteners in the cabin ceiling..... screwheads or nuts.... they're inset and bunged. Hand rails are designed to be firmly attached to the boat for safety. So... look inside the cabin again... very closely.. otherwise, follow the previously posted advice.
     


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