New Stainless Steel Handrails

Tom Guild

E34 - Annapolis
Just finished installing new handrails as the final project of a fairly extensive refit on my 89' Ericson 34 over the past year. Went with 316 SS oval/eliptical tubing that matched the same shape of the teak rails very well. We had to curve them a little to match the contours of the boat and they remained flawless throughout the process. A traditionalist by nature, had to think long and hard about changing out the teak, but very happy with the end result.
 

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Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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Nice! There are pix on this site, back about 10 years or so, of an E-38 with that same mod. That boat was in Florida waters.
Did you weld a little 'plug' on each end and then buff it out?
 

Tom Guild

E34 - Annapolis
Very nice. Was bending just by hand, in the field? And the drilled holes in the stainless--marked and drilled by eye?
Hi Christian. We used a table in the M-Yachts shop to do the bending. The old teak handrails maintained the arc/bend well, having been in the same position for over thirty years. They made a good template for both the bend and marking the holes - with many trips to the boat to double check.
 

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Tom Guild

E34 - Annapolis
Nice! There are pix on this site, back about 10 years or so, of an E-38 with that same mod. That boat was in Florida waters.
Did you weld a little 'plug' on each end and then buff it out?
Thanks Loren. Yes - I ended up getting the rails from a UK company called Timeless Tube out of Poole, England www.timelesstube.com The rails came with the end pieces/caps in place but we had to remove and replace one end on each when we cut for the correct size.
 

jtsai

Member III
That look spiffy! Question, how are the rails attached to the cabin, long self-tapping screw or thru-bolted?
 
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Tom Guild

E34 - Annapolis
That look spiffy! Question, how are the rails attached to the cabin, long self-tapping screw or thru-bolted?
Hi Jeff, We used long self-tapping screw and used 3M-4000. The orignal rails were screwed in the same way and held firm for over 30 years, so we deceided to do the same without backing. The handrails on the 89' E34 fit into a slot that is slightly raised.
 

Jerry VB

E32-3 / M-25XP
Nicely done. I'm looking at doing the handrail replacement on my E32-3 - one side was "delicate" and ended up getting broken during launch. As a result, the priority on replacing them went from "someday" to "now."

Questions:
  • What tubing did you use? 39.5mm x 20.5mm (best match for 1.5" x 0.75")?
  • How did you procure it? Did Timeless Tube work with you to ship it from England?
According to Timeless Tube's web page, they sell smaller lengths via eBay, but their listing is the UK eBay, they don't list the 39.5mm x 20.5mm size, and they have a note about not shipping to the US.
 

Tom Guild

E34 - Annapolis
Nicely done. I'm looking at doing the handrail replacement on my E32-3 - one side was "delicate" and ended up getting broken during launch. As a result, the priority on replacing them went from "someday" to "now."

Questions:
  • What tubing did you use? 39.5mm x 20.5mm (best match for 1.5" x 0.75")?
  • How did you procure it? Did Timeless Tube work with you to ship it from England?
According to Timeless Tube's web page, they sell smaller lengths via eBay, but their listing is the UK eBay, they don't list the 39.5mm x 20.5mm size, and they have a note about not shipping to the US.
Thanks Jerry. I worked with Geoff Day over at Timeless Tube out of Poole, England www.timelesstube.com - he was great - and shipped with Alpha Global Logistics www.alphagloballogistics.co.uk. Timeless prepared and packed the tubes very well and Alpha Global Logistics picked them up and did a fantastic job shipping. Timeless can send lengths up to 1 meter directly, but will work with any carrier to send longer lengths. I ordered two 3 meter lengths of oval SS 316, polished to a mirror finish with the following dimensions: W-37mm (1.46”); H-21mm (.83”); and thickness is 2mm (.08”). They fit very nicely with a little bending to match the contours of the boat. I used the old handrails as a template for the curve and screw holes. You may want to call Geoff directly. He seems to be able to get just about any size of tubing. I had looked everywhere in the states and found that I would either have to order at least a ton of tubing from most suppliers or pay a huge premium from the few that would discuss selling two 10' sections. Even with the shipping, the price of the tubes were less than half of the quotes I received in the states. Also, Taco had some tubing in their old catalog that looked nice and at a reasonable price, but I was advised that it had been discontinued. After my tubes arrived from England, one of the suppliers I had worked with called and said that Taco may be producing them again, so they may be worth a check as well.
 
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