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Old 04-23-2016, 09:44 AM   #1
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New grab rails on Pilot 34 hardtop

Thought I'd share pics of the new grab rails. The previous owner had installed flimsy ones using bimini hardware. Much better now!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:52 AM   #2
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That is an essential addition to any Pilot 34. Mine came with a vertical support made of bimini fittings and tubing, installed a little aft of where you mounted your handle, but I added a small grab handle near the M in Mainship on your pic. Makes it much easier/safer to go forward.


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Old 04-23-2016, 10:00 AM   #3
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Much better now!
I love posts like this where members share their upgrades with photos. I do feel, however, that Mark Price is still the champion in this area.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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Isn't it something that almost any design seems to be missing an obvious feature like that? The difference between stepping out of the cockpit with the security of that hand hold must be enormous, especially in a roll.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:41 PM   #5
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the bar looks great, and is definitely a safety feature.
what size fasteners and backing plate did you use?
can you show a picture of the back where the fasteners attach (bolted?)?
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:57 AM   #6
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Grab rails are great if they are SOLID (don't wiggle when grabbed) and so well anchored there is no chance to fail.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:32 AM   #7
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the bar looks great, and is definitely a safety feature.
what size fasteners and backing plate did you use?
can you show a picture of the back where the fasteners attach (bolted?)?
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They came with backing plates, but I really didn't want to look at them from the inside of the hardtop. So my approach was to screw them in and if the grab rail was not solid, then I would drill all the way through and use the backing plates. Turned out that just using screws was fine and SUPER solid. I'm 6' 4", 240 LB and I don't think I could pull them out if I tried. I don't recall the screw size, thinking maybe #10? Very pleased with this upgrade.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:25 PM   #8
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thanks, Jack. Where did you buy them?

I was swinging around on my new boat during the survey. each time I went around that corner I mumbled "needs a grab rail like I had on the sailboat"
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thanks, Jack. Where did you buy them?

I was swinging around on my new boat during the survey. each time I went around that corner I mumbled "needs a grab rail like I had on the sailboat"
Kato Marine in Annapolis. They may not be the cheapest, but they do terrific work. Here's the specs, price and contact info:

The prices below are with the 3 base and matching SS backing plates.

Handrails 56 long with 1 rise off deck and 2 attachment points constructed of 1 14ga T316 stainless steel tubing

1) 3 7ga. SS bases w/3 countersunk screw holes per base and matching SS backing plates $775.00/pair
Attachment hardware supplied by customer.

These prices are complete but do not include shipping and packaging or sales tax, if picked up at our shop in Annapolis.


Please review at your convenience and contact me directly with any question or concerns.

Thank you for considering Kato to outfit your vessel.

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Thanks very much! I've heard of Kato.
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I got a David setup from them beautiful and they go out of their way to please and make sure you are happy . Quality work and attention to detail

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Railings, grab rails, whatever. Love them when they don't wiggle.
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