Why are thse so expensive?

Stinkpot

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I was considering replacing my teak handrails on the wheelhouse roof and trunk cabin with PVC (for obvious reasons) but was blown away by the cost of these things. Hamilton's gets almost $1,000 for four handrails to fit my boat :eek:! Does anyone know of another source who may be less expensive?

Maybe I'll consider stainless. Any opinions on PVC vs. stainless out there?

They don't look quite as nice now as the picture. And, that teak accent strip below the windows is slated to be replaced with a painted stripe this fall.

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MDI45

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Stink,try a home depo in your area....i just bought white pvc boards from there to use as combing....they have all different size stuff...like 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 for quarter guards...it was 15 bucks for 12 foot piece...if you need a scew number i have it.....I dont like that company Bourbor Plastics....i have black rails that i bought and they all turned chaulky...they said ther is nothing they can do....i would like to start a class action suit...there are alot of guys with the same problem....if you buy ..dont buy anything in black...it all sucks
 
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Boat Doc

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SP - I had teak rails on the Bruno when I purchased it and they were in tough shape. I had replacement SS rails made by Anchor Hatches out of NB, Canada (www.anchorhatches.com/product/bow-boat-rails/grab-rails) and the total cost for all four (2 top & 2 fwd) was under $1,000. I thru-bolted the roof top ones to backing plates and use them to tie down the tender so I wanted something really strong. I did have to fill a few holes as the teak ones had a lot more stand-offs, but in the end the SS is easier to slide a hand along when things get rough and the 1-1/4" tubing is just right. If the boat doesn't sell then I plan on changing the two teak ones on the cabin sides...

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traditions

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How bad are the teak?You can sand them down and soak the oil to them.Mine are 1994 vintage and I have sanded them once and try to oil every couple years.My son made his own from PVC from spray rail,but it still wasnt cheap.He used white,but we have had good luck painting black with interlux perfection and it held up great.
 
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