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Old 09-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default Adding hand rail without cracking the fiberglass

I want to add a hand rail to our FF to make it easier for my wife to get in and out. I am a little leary about drilling and screwing into the fiberglass. I once cracked the fiberglass on my boat adding a pole holder. Any advice on how to do this without cracking the fiberglass?


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Old 09-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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I am assuming that you are going to add one of the swing away hand rails, since the 210WBS came with a grab bar in 2008...

The instructions for the handrail should have instructions for the size drill to use, but, in the event it doesn't, when using screws in fiberglass, aim for a bit that is 1/64" (1/16" if in doubt) larger than the screw's shank. With fiberglass, the main support comes from the adhesive/sealant that should be liberally applied under the mounting bracket and the screw itself is used to pull the base down snug. By allowing 1/64" over the shank size, you allow for some expansion and contraction of the shank and should prevent any fiberglass damage. Aiming for a stud would also be advantageous...if you use the grab handle as a guide (it should be in a stud), tape a vertical line to align the new brackets...

My 2 cents, your mileage may vary...

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