I have spent more than a week working on my side bumper rails. Sure they look like a couple of sticks attached to the side of the boat but they are much more than that and very challenging to build. When I think that I will just go down in the basement and a make something up in a few hours I should know that I am just day dreaming. On the surface it looks like it will be an easy task but with a boat, there are curves everywhere and this was no exception. The side of the boat has a curve up and down, along the horizontal axis with a nice twist. Now the chore was to mount a straight bumper rail just at the right location.
The first thing I did was take my time and that paid off by building a stand to hold the wood into position. Every time I put the wood back into position it was in the same exact spot. Then I only had to measure, mark, plane, cut, and sand for two full days to get it fit just right. I am very happy with the results.
Now that the bumper rails are done, it is time to start working on the steering linkage.