Bow rail replacement

 I'm thinking about replacing the bow rail on my haines traveller 5.3 due to it having a bit of a bend in the front. It still does it's job so it's more for cosmetic reasons than anything. Can anyone provide any advise as to what it might cost in stainless? I'm not flush for cash and tossing up wheather it's worth it. Any advice will be appreciated.

bouttime's picture

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If you not looking to sell it

Tue, 2018-05-15 09:33

If you not looking to sell it and its not impacting the boat then why bother. Money that can be spent elsewhere

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Tue, 2018-05-15 11:33

 A bow rail for that size boat will cost netween $800 and $1500 depending how many legs and what material.

The bow rail on my Crusader was bent by the previous owner and I still haven't bothered with replacing it. There was even some on Gumtree from someone else's project and I also felt the money would not make my boat work better or fish harder so I passed. That is my criteria for spending boat money at the moment! ha ha.

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Bow rail - do you need it at all?

Tue, 2018-05-15 12:45

Im actually questioning he value of bow rails at all on boats of that size. It wont stop you falling off the front but it will surely trip you up if you lose your balance and send your arse over.

If its simply used as a "bumper" for when you hit the jetty, I'd first try coming in slower.

What are everyone elses thoughts.


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 Cheers guys. That's about

Tue, 2018-05-15 15:17

 Cheers guys. That's about the price I was expecting zOOm and you and bouttime are right about it not making much difference. I don't climb up the front of the boat either, no need to as I run a rope down either side to tie off at the jetty. Tkink I might just leave it till sale time and see how much price difference it makes.