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Extra Handrails Belowdecks

John MacDougall, Annie Laurie, #26

Well, I got a couple of e-mails asking me about the handholds/handrails I've installed below decks.......

Since I installed them 3 years ago, and use them often, I sort of forgot that they are NOT factory issue.....

So, here are some photos and descriptions....

I located all of these additional handrails where they are easily used and effective, without getting in the way of anything / anybody........and I USE them ALL the time

They are VERY strong, and after 3 years, have held up better than if they were factory installed......

I hope these photos help....

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In the Main Salon, since I do NOT have a dinette table, I added a long varnished teak handrail on the port side, above the dinette settee, which is VERY handy......

This handrail is thru-bolted, and the screwheads are covered by teak plugs and varnished....

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I also added a varnished teak handrail, on the Main Salon forward bulkhead, immediately to port of the forward cabin doorway......

This handrail is attached from the rear with some big #12 screws and big washers....

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It is in the aft cabin that Catalina seems to have forgotten handrails altogether.....and I noticed this oversight the 2nd day I owned the boat and was sailing a 300+ mile passage / 20 - 25 kt beam reach......so I added some....

In the aft cabin, I installed a varnished teak handrail on the forward bulkhead, immediately port of the cabin doorway (between the door frame and the bulkhead mirror)......

I also installed another varnished teak handrail in the aft cabin, on the aft head bulkhead.....

Both of these are secured from the rear, with big #12 screws and washers........

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In the aft head, my 470 does have a nice stainless rail all the way along the front of the vanity/countertop, as well as one stainless handrail on the shower bulkhead.....but, it didn't have any hand holds IN the shower stall.....so I added one......

I installed a big stainless handrail in the aft shower stall, just a few inches starboard of the shower door.....it is thru-bolted with big washers......and I used 1/4-20 "cap nuts" on the backside, so that there's nothing sharp sticking out anywhere....

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In the forward cabin, the mast compression post and the handrails along the starboard side are great, but I added another hand hold....

I installed a varnished teak handrail on the forward bulkhead, a few inches to port of the forward head doorway, allowing you to hang-on whether climbing into/out-of the bunk OR going forward into the head......

It is secured from the rear, with big #12 screws and washers.......

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In the forward head, there wasn't any where to hang-on......unless you wanted to grab a towel bar....so I added 2 stainless handrails in the head (one port and one starboard), and another stainless handrail in the forward shower itself.....

They are all thru-bolted with big washers as well......

And I used 1/4-20 "cap nuts" on the back side of the handrails, as I did for the one stainless rail I added in the aft cabin, so that there are no sharp edges to get caught on.....

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