To guarantee the safety of all of those aboard your houseboat, build a railingthat is sturdy and reliable. A proper railing should promote both the safety and the appearance of your boat. Stainless steel railings are easy to mount and fit both of these requirements nicely. They are flexible enough to fit on any type of houseboat, and they add a pleasant and clean aesthetic.
Get Your Materials
Before you can start building a railing to install on your houseboat, you’ll have to collect all of the necessary materials for the job. Measure the perimeter of your houseboat deck with measuring string and know how many feet in total your railing should be. Plan on installing a railing post or stanchion every 4 feet or so. The materials that you will require for this installation project are:
- 3-feet-tall stainless steel railposts that are between 1 and 2 inches in diameter (1 for every 4 feet of railing)
- 1 stainless steel base and top pair for each railpost, sized according to the diameter of the railpost itself
- Boat rope at least as long as the railing itself, preferably longer
- Screws and screwdriver
- Measuring string
- Epoxy and putty
Mark the Spot for Your Railposts
Using the measuring line,make a mark on the center point of each of your railposts. You can set the first one at any point and continue by marking every 4 feet around the perimeter of the boat. If this does not lead to an even placement of railposts, divide the total perimeter of the boat into equal sections of close to 4 feet so that your railposts can be spread out equally.
Assemble the Railposts
Without affixing them to the surface of your deck, assemble the railposts to include the top grip portion. Take out the bases and set each railpost by one of the marks on the surface of the deck. The eyelets for each railpost should point upwards so that the rope can thread through each of them.
Attach or Link the Bases
Attach the bases to the surface of your boat deck with epoxy and resin putty. Follow the instructions on these products to affix the bases well, and be sure to allow plenty of time for the epoxy to dry thoroughly. Space the bases evenly according to the marks that you’ve set out. After the epoxy dries, ensure that the bases are further secured by affixing them to the surface with additional screws.
Mount the Railposts and Thread the Rope
Secure each railpost into its base after the epoxy has fully dried. The railposts should point straight upward. Screw the railposts into the bases per the instructions given with the posts themselves. Having done that, thread the rope through each of the eyelets and tie it off at the entrance to the boat. You can link a separate and removable piece of rope here to provide easy access to the boat.