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Chrome Handrail Constellation

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Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by mowog67 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:34 pm

Hi All,
I'm new here - I've been lurking for a few weeks, awesome site, awesome magazine you guys have.
I'm Jeff and I recently purchased Bobby Stone's 1958 48' Chris Craft Constellation. Bobby has been a member here for quite a while.
He has spoken very highly of your community and I'm very glad to have this resource, so thank you all !!

I'm in the middle of redoing the cabin top this weekend. I have removed everything from the cabin top and have sent most to the Chrome shop. The hand rails are my problem, well... those and the search light tubing. These tubes are longer that 3 plating company's tanks that I've called. Is there a resource to just purchase these chrome tubes new that you guys use? I guess I could cut these in half, get them chromed, and then use a chrome coupling or something. What have you guys done here?

Thanks!
J Brakebill
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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by tkhersom » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:22 am

Welcome aboard Jeff! Glad to have you with us. :D

I don't have an answer for you, other than to say that one of the best resources you will find in this hobby is Jim Staib at Fine Wood Boats, he may have some ideas for you.

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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by joanroy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:15 am

Congratulations and Welcome! That's a fantastic cruiser and glad your willing and able to continue her upkeep. How bad is the chrome on the rail sections? Could you rechrome the fittings and polish the rails? Old chrome shines up pretty good if its not flaking off. I like a little old boat character left on an old boat. Keeps it original looking. Love to see pictures of work in progress.

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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by drrot » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:31 am

I don't have a source. I'd suggest finding a chrome shop that does old chrome bumpers. They usually have the biggest tanks.
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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by evansjw44 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:02 am

Are you sure those hand rails are plated brass? My '67 Sea Skiff cruiser has stainless steel hand rails. All the mounting hardware is plated bronze but the rail tubes are stainless. You could upgrade to stainless instead of re-plating. I don't remember what the hand rail tubes on my '58 sea skiff were but I never had them plated- just the hardware.
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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by mowog67 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:22 am

Thx everyone.

Jim,
I would love it if they were stainless.
Here's a pic of the end of the tube.


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Whatcha think?
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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by RRGadow » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:56 pm

Mine were chrome also...The fix was to order some Stainless tubing and be done with it, not an issue worth fretting over.
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Re: Chrome Handrail Constellation

Post by joanroy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:10 pm

Stainless is so common. Bronze, on the other hand, has become a precious metal. If you switch to the stainless I'd hang onto the bronze. It's getting quite rare. Might wanna switch back to original someday.

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