For anyone that is interested, it's very easy to build your own replacement wood railing. I've mocked up a piece of spruce (2x3 I had lying around) and I think it turned out very good. I'm moving on to Mahogany next week and will make ~40' of it.

The best fit was achieved with:

- Cut the blank to 2 5/16" wide x 1 5/16" high

- Use a 3/4" radius round over on the two top corners

- Use a 1/2" radius round over on the two bottom corners

- Light hand sand the 3/32" flat spot left on each side to blend it in

This leaves maybe 1/32 - 1/16" for the coats of finish to bring it perfectly flush with the gate hardware. Doing this made me realize just how much material had been removed from the original railings over the years.

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Steve,

Looks like the railing project is coming along nicely.   You are leaps and bounds ahead of me, I'm just starting on refinishing brightwork now after two seasons of dealing with systems issues and upgrades on my 381 Catalina.

I saw the aft end of a 47 Commander sticking out of the Paragon building a couple of weekends ago.   I was in such a rush I had no time to investigate, was that yours?

Warren

That was us at Paragon. 4 of 4 valves on our diesel tanks were seeping, and it got a lot worse over the winter. Of course our pickups are on the bottom of the tank and we had more than 1/2 full tanks. Gary went the extra mile and got us sorted out, we lost a weekend - but we can now keep the diesel where it belongs.

Warren Whitmore said:

Steve,

Looks like the railing project is coming along nicely.   You are leaps and bounds ahead of me, I'm just starting on refinishing brightwork now after two seasons of dealing with systems issues and upgrades on my 381 Catalina.

I saw the aft end of a 47 Commander sticking out of the Paragon building a couple of weekends ago.   I was in such a rush I had no time to investigate, was that yours?

Warren

So I'm pretty happy with the result of this project, I'm almost (well 2 of 5) done coating them. How many feet (and is it straight) that you need? In the winter I might do this as a one off - or, if you are interested I have the original railings (46' of them) that I have no use for. They have been sanded many times I believe so a bit smaller in diameter than when new, but that might actually be better in some cases. They would also be a perfect match (assuming my old ones are actually original). The new ones I made are a close match, but have a bit more red in them. I will probably be the only one to ever notice.

Chris Wickersham said:

Wow that looks good! Holy hell.

I have one section of railing that looks like it was damaged in a docking incident and it’s full of filler that doesn’t match. Would you ever consider doing this for other club members, I’d obviously compensate you for your expertise and materials. I can’t find anyone locally who would even attempt this. There is a company that sells railing sections for Hatteras boats but they’re a different size and shape and they wouldn’t make mine.

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