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HUnter 37.5 Handrails

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  1. Scott NIelsen

    Scott NIelsen

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    45 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 37.5
    US Norfolk
    I am going to replace the handrails on my 1996 Hunter 37.5. Does anyone know how they are bedded/mounted to under the deck? Is it plywood, aluminum backing plates glassed into the underside of the deck? I assume the handrails are just screwed through the deck into a plywood core. The reason I ask if aluminum backing plates is that when I had a 1979 Hunter 30 and was replacing the traveler I discovered there were aluminum backing plates glassed in under the deck to recieve the mounting bolts. Not only was there aluminum, the glassed in aluminum backing plates were tapped for the bolts, making the reinstallation easier and more secure than I believed was going to be the case.
     


  2. PAC3142

    PAC3142

    Joined Dec 18, 2012
    122 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 37.5
    US Annapolis
    I just replaced them on my 1994 37.5. They are attached with wood screws, so the backing isn’t aluminum.

    Paul
     


  3. smokey73

    smokey73

    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    549 posts, 96 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    I have a 1994 Hunter 40.5 and there are metal (probably aluminum but I'm not sure) backing plates for the stanchions and the handrails making the installation fairly straight forward.
     


  4. Scott NIelsen

    Scott NIelsen

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    45 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 37.5
    US Norfolk
    Thanks for the replies. I was hoping for aluminium backing plates. I will do the fill with expoxy and drill a hole so no water intrusion. PAC3142, did you have in water inrusion that you you could discern? Did you replace with wood or go to metal handrails?
     


  5. PAC3142

    PAC3142

    Joined Dec 18, 2012
    122 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 37.5
    US Annapolis
    I made new teak ones. No sign of water intrusion, and the boat had a thorough survey two years ago when we bought it, including moisture meter. I tried to do a good job bedding them down. Mainsail on this forum has links to propper ways to use the bedding compound.
    Paul
     


  6. Second Wind 3

    Second Wind 3

    Joined Sep 11, 2017
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter Legend 375
    US Santa Barbara
    Since they are attached with wood screws, I remove them every year and re-varnish in the garage, at home, where it's easy to control everything. I filled the countersunk holes with plugs and reinstalled with a nice new exposed oval head screw. I like the look of the teak and this makes the process easy.
     


  7. Scott NIelsen

    Scott NIelsen

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    45 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 37.5
    US Norfolk
    I like the look of the teak, but do not like the maintenance. I am systematically relacing the wood topside so that I do not have the wood maintenance. I have the materals, just waiting for it to warm up. I am going to replace the wood handrails with 1" diameter stainless tubing. I have two different approaches, one is use existing mounting holes with stainless end plugs in the tubing and the other is to raise them a bit using fittings similar to those used for mounting bimini's. I have material for both. I will let the Admiral (wife) decide as to which is (looks) better. As to the teak strips in the bow pulpit and stern seats, I am just going to remove them. I will use starboard for the companion pull. That will relieve me from the teak maintenance topside. I still have all that beautiful teak down below to maintain. That is a whole lot easier as I just use the oil to rub into the wood with a cloth. I do that a couple of times a year when I run out of projects. I am going to have to go sailing a lot more since I am running out of projects, darn.
     


  8. Second Wind 3

    Second Wind 3

    Joined Sep 11, 2017
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter Legend 375
    US Santa Barbara
    We feel your pain....