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    Default Rail or not to Rail?? that is the question

    Ok guys, i need help with a decision here, my 19' tahiti came with the bow rails. I took them off when i was doing some colorsanding last season and have left them off since. Currently they are in my garage getting in the way all the time, so what do I do? A part of me likes them off for a couple of reasons. One, it gives the boat a cleaner look, Two, from a safety standpoint i dont have to worry about my 5yo or anyone catching their foot on one and breaking it. I had a friend years ago that jumped off the family boat and caught his foot under the rail, he ended up breaking his ankle. SO on the other hand, the rails make it easier to grab the boat as well as hang bumpers etc. Also the holes are all still there from the mounting brackets........................ So ....Rails or NO rails?
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    rails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVILFORCE View Post
    rails.
    out of curiosity why yes for the rails?
    And the new project begins!

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    No rails.
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    no rails. they just look outdated and too old school. but they look good on old-restored boats. you dont see those very often.
    boatless....

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    I had removed my tower and mounts this winter and was left with 8 small holes. I filed em with marine epoxy and paint matched...If you dont have an open bow, Leave em off. How bout a pic...
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    so here it is with rails and without, as you can see I did a LOT of cleanup work! But its coming along.
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    NO rails
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    You could use at least two holes for mushroom cleats....if you dont have any cleats.
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    no rails.

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    No rails, I took them off of my open bow this year to repair the cracks in the gel from being pulled on. Thinking about not even putting them back on and just filling the holes.

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    I have to agree, on that model no rails. I had a 21' tahiti and i preferred the rail look, but that boat looks very nice w/o them!
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    No bow rail looks much cleener to me. Most rails end up getting bent up from pulling on them and that makes the boat look beat. X2 on adding some cleats to use when tie-ing up.

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    With rails it looks like the family station wagon.
    Without rails it looks sleek and clean.

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