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Old 08-23-2018, 06:26 PM
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Question No bow rails... 'splain it to me.

I guess I'm just not hip or something... and that's just fine.

...and I guess I could blame it on having small kids... but honestly... I don't understand.

I see all these larger sportfish boats, and other larger boats and a lot of them do not have ANY bow rail. When I look at boats that are cruised often... they all have rails.

I reach back into my mind of some of the times I've had to go up on the bow and set an anchor -- or the 2AM run ups to the bow to check things out when being on the hook... and I'm sorry -- but I'd much rather have the rail there. I've heard that they are "ugly" and all the other stuff... personally, I call BS. I think they look great (although, admit, I hate polishing mine).

What's the deal with that?

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It means YOU couldn't think of anything else to start another meaningless thread about.
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Call BS if you want but IMO They’re ugly and often times takes away from the lines of the boat.
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I think they are ugly too, BUT, I want them...
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They don't care, and they figure you should only be out there when docking (which should be completely flat) but if your out in the ocean its a different story and just gotta be smart and safe. I rather not have them but its your opinion
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can't wait to remove them on my Blackfin.
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I hate them but wouldn’t be without them. Kinda like a woman I guess.
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They do take away from the looks of any boat. They are butt ugly. I’d never have a boat without them.
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It means YOU couldn't think of anything else to start another meaningless thread about.
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If I didn't anchor I would take it off.
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Bow rails look mostly ugly on flush decked boats. Also flush deck boats tend to be a lot safer then deck with curves and so on.
New after 2010 Vikings are all flush decks as are most custom builds. Hatteras GT series are flush deck, while the Express is not.
New Bertram 61 is not flush deck.

I think if you work on the design and integrate them they tend to look nice. It depends how the builder presents the rails.
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Seems pretty much mainly a US sportfish 'thing' to not have rails. Don't see it so often outside the US. I do like the clean lines it gives, but if you need to access the front of the boat for any reason I prefer to have rails. as someone mentioned above a rail can actually look pretty good on a boat if it has been designed to suit the hull lines properly.
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I guess your going to have to close your eyes every time a boat is going by that is not conforming to YOUR liking!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by mikie View Post
It means YOU couldn't think of anything else to start another meaningless thread about.
useless reply unless you put a j/k or lol in there, if people didn't make a thread about topics YOU don't feel are meaningful there would not be a boating forum

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I guess your going to have to close your eyes every time a boat is going by that is not conforming to YOUR liking!!!!!!
I am sure you are joking, but I think he probably doesn't like the looks of them, but feels they are worth having for safety.

Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
I guess I'm just not hip or something... and that's just fine.

...and I guess I could blame it on having small kids... but honestly... I don't understand.

I see all these larger sportfish boats, and other larger boats and a lot of them do not have ANY bow rail. When I look at boats that are cruised often... they all have rails.

I reach back into my mind of some of the times I've had to go up on the bow and set an anchor -- or the 2AM run ups to the bow to check things out when being on the hook... and I'm sorry -- but I'd much rather have the rail there. I've heard that they are "ugly" and all the other stuff... personally, I call BS. I think they look great (although, admit, I hate polishing mine).

What's the deal with that?
Most guys won't admit to polishing theirs, lol. Seriously, you like the looks, a lot of people don't, but it is about safety, form follows function. I won't bash them for not liking it or you for liking it. I have to admit, my new World Cat does not look as good as my previous deck boat, but for safety out in the ocean I wouldn't go back to the deck boat for looks.

Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
I hate them but wouldn’t be without them. Kinda like a woman I guess.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
They do take away from the looks of any boat. They are butt ugly. I’d never have a boat without them.
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Originally Posted by Captain Crispy View Post
Saved my ass a couple of times.
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If you don't anchor, why have them? Just another thing to keep polished.

I've never had a boat without them, but I like to anchor from time to time. If I had a Carolina boat... I think I'd just get a good windlass and a surefooted mate
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Basically what everyone else is saying, I think boats ( including mine ) look better without them.
However, tha Admiral has anchor duty and she says they stay........so, they stay.
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How does the bowrail help, or improve, anchoring? Is it that without a windlass the person deploying the anchor has something to hold onto?

Our boat has bow rails and I find them to be a pain in the a$$ when anchoring and retrieving the anchor when trying to raise/lower the anchor and chain easily, the rail always seems to be in the way.
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Originally Posted by dlos View Post
How does the bowrail help, or improve, anchoring? Is it that without a windlass the person deploying the anchor has something to hold onto?

Our boat has bow rails and I find them to be a pain in the a$$ when anchoring and retrieving the anchor when trying to raise/lower the anchor and chain easily, the rail always seems to be in the way.
Walking up to the bow when it it's rolling feels a lot nicer when you have a rail. IMHO.

Some people here either never anchor their boat, never go to the bow, never run when rough, or hire people to run their boat... or perhaps they have amazing balance abilities.

As far as the clown saying that it's nothing more than a "complain" thread. You're just a fool -- it's a legit question to determine how people use a boat without something that I think is a must-have... and apparently so do most others in the thread.
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I find the boats without rails and mostly the pudgy, potato filled, owners of those useless bleach bottles to be ugly. The don't need rails because they never leave the dock except to go hang at the sand bar and drink stale tasting beer. God forbid get any rain spots on them which must be polished off immediately.
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