I would recommend going with BRONZE screws if you can find them, rather than stainless steel. Bronze holds up much better in situations like this and won't bleed rust.
I would recommend using a polysulfide sealant, like BoatLife LifeCalk, to bed the rails in.
I'd point out that the rails are not trim, but an integral part of the boat's companionway and as such should be through-bolted, not screwed in place.
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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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