Sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise.
Perforated aluminum toe rails are convenient for all kinds of reasons. They're great for mounting snatch blocks just about anywhere. I do worry about tying anything directly to them on some boats as the hole edges are not always rounded over so chafe can be a problem.
My boat has short bulwarks (about 3") capped with teak. They are great for wedging a foot against but there is nowhere except stanchions and lifelines to tie finders. Tying to a stanchion abrades the teak toe rail. Accordingly on my boat I use a clove hitch on a lifeline at the stanchion to hang fenders.
Originally Posted by pdqaltair
Instead, preach that standing tall in rough conditions is unseaman like.
Never be too proud to crawl.
Originally Posted by Minnewaska
However, its a compromise I need to live with.
We all have to do the best we can. Ultimately, good decisions in the face of reality IS good seamanship.