Custom Extra Long Rails For High-Deck Mounting Installations
No swim platform? No Problem!
Do you want PWC Rails for your dock or boat house? We can do that!
Do you want Rails for your pontoon boat? We’ve got ‘em!
Our standard 8-foot Rails are engineered to mount on swim platforms which, by definition, are usually about 12 inches above the water. The angle of the Rails can be adjusted so that the end of the Rails are close to the water, but not in it, and more importantly, so that the aft-end of your PWC is not touching the water. Modern 3-seater PWC’s are 11 or 12 feet long, so quite a bit of the hull is extending out over the end of the Rails, but high enough to be out of the water.
Action Flyboarding has added 4 of our 12-Foot Rails to their floating dock anchored at Catalina Island California. They have 4 PWC's that run their Flyboards. The Rails allow them to load and store their PWC's when not in use. As a bonus, the 12-Foot Rails add a great visual attraction when tilted up. Click on the picture to see more images.
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But if you don’t have a swim platform on your houseboat, or if you want to mount our Rails on your dock, boat house, or a pontoon boat, the mounting surface is closer to 24 inches above the water. 8-Foot Rails won’t work because they have to be too steep to get the entry-end close enough to the water to engage the hull of your PWC…and then the rear of your PWC would be dragging in the water.
Previous customers without swim platforms have paid over $5,000 to have a swim platform added…plus the cost of removing their houseboat from the lake. But our new 12-foot Rails are a much less expensive way to solve the problem. The additional length allows you to mount the Rail Frame up on the higher deck, and to achieve the optimum angle so the Rails and your loaded PWC are not touching the water!
The longer Rails are an additional $300, and they have to be shipped via overland truck at an additional $100 to $150 depending on your location. You will see the longer Rails as an option on the order form. We can quote the additional shipping cost if you tell us the commercial shipping address or marina. They cannot be shipped to a residentially-zoned address.
FAQ’s About the Long Rails
Q: How does the Winch Frame mount to the deck?
A: There are bolt holes in the bottom of the Frame. You would drill matching holes in your deck and bolt it down to the deck.
Q: Can the Rails still tilt up when unloaded?
A: Yes. If on a houseboat without a swim platform, they might not go all the way to vertical because of your upper deck, but they will still tilt up enough to make your deck usable and more importantly, so they are not extending out the back while you are maneuvering your houseboat in a cove or around the gas dock.
Q: How far from the edge do I need to mount the Frame?
A: Ideally, you want to mount the Frame 3 or 4 feet from the edge, no less than 2 feet. If you mount it 2 feet from the edge, that would mean that 10 feet of Rail and almost all of your PWC would extend out over the water. The heavy duty (1/4” thick tubing) Rails will handle all the leveraged weight, but that leveraged weight puts more stress on the floor of your deck to which the Frame is bolted, and it also adds more downward squat on your houseboat. The less overhang the better, but the farther you bolt the Frame from the edge of your deck, the higher the entry-end of the Rails. Said another way, the higher your deck is from the water, the closer to the edge of your deck you will have to mount the Frame, resulting in a greater overhang.
Q: Will this Rail system work on smaller boats like pontoon boats or fiberglass cruisers?
A: This is really 2 different questions...one relative to the size, and the other relative to fiberglass construction. We discuss fiberglass in our General FAQ's. This paragraph will address the "smaller" part of the question. Modern PWC's weigh 80 to 1,000 pounds. Our Rail system cantilevers (leverages) that weight out over the water, so the down-force on the host boat is significant. it will squat a smaller boat a lot, making it difficult to cruse with your PWC loaded. That might not be an issue for you if you only intend to load your PWC for the purpose of getting it out of the water when you are NOT using your pontoon boat, or cruiser. We can't predict how much it will lower your boat because we can't know the variables. But you can simulate it somewhat by getting 5 or 6 large people to stand on the edge of your boat...and knowing that your PWC will probably squat your boat more than that because all its weight will be out over the water...creating more downward leverage. Most host boats to which our PWC Rails are attached are at least 14 or 15 feet wide and 50 to 70 feet long...typically aluminum houseboats.
Q: How will I be able to determine the correct place to mount the Frame before I drill the holes in my deck?
A: Have someone hold your Frame down on your deck just beyond your engine door hatch. Have another person on the upper deck with a rope tethered to the entry-end of your Rails which can be raised or lowered so the tips are about 4 to 6 inches out of the water. Fit the pivot end of the Rails into the Frame, but don’t insert any bolts. With the tip of the entry-end about 4 to 6 inches above the water, you can see which of the hole-sets in the Frame is closest to the matching holes in the Rails. If the Rails are too high to match up with any of the holes in the Frame, bolt the Rails into the highest set of holes, then move your Frame farther toward the edge of your deck which will simultaneously lower the entry-end of the Rails until they are about 6 inches above the water. This is where you will want to mount the Frame. Throughout this whole process, you will want to make sure you have a safety rope on your Rails to prevent them from accidentally slipping into a watery grave!!!
Q: Do I need the "walk-way" between my Rails?
A: You don't need it on the 8-foot Rails, but it is required for the long Rails. It allows you to walk out to the end of your Rails which makes it easier to connect the rope-hook to your PWC, and also easier to lift the bow of your PWC up into the Rails as you push the winch button. The higher you can raise the bow of your PWC, the more gradual the angle can be, and the easier it is for your winch to do its job. The Walk-Way is made out of rugged 3/16" thick aluminum with foot-traction cutouts. It is an additional $125 for the standard 8-foot Rails, and $175 for the 12-foot Rails..
Q: Are the 12-Foot Rails considered "Heavy Duty"?
A: Yes. If you order 12-Foot Rails, you must also select the "Heavy Duty" option which is a $200 upgrade. Heavy Duty means the wall-thickness of the tubes is 1/4 inch while Regular Duty is 1/8 inch thick.
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