For safety reasons, I would rather see properly through-bolted rails, rather than screws used. Screws can suddenly break free, and generally at the worst possible time. Also, I've seen too many boats, where the handrails were used as lashing points, and screws really don't have sufficient strength IMHO to handle that and the shock loading that a crew falling and using the railing for support can undergo.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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