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Old 02-26-2011
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It would help if you said what kind of boat you're looking to install this rubrail on. Rubrails are usually installed as part of the hull-deck join, as Faster mentions, and retrofitting one can range from easy to a real PITA, depending on the design of the hull-deck join in question.

Based on the photo you posted, I am guessing that your boat has either a shoebox or inward flange type hull-deck join, and if you've got decent access to the hull deck join area, then installing an aluminum rubrail might not be too bad.

Faster's concerns about the fastener spacing and size, as well as the profile of the hull-deck surfaces are key. The fact that the aluminum toe rail has a lower flange is probably going to be an issue, since I don't believe it will fit on your boat with that lower flange in the way. Having an L-shaped extrusion would be better and give you a lot more flexibility in the way you place it, including allowing you to have the vertical portion inboard rather than outboard and make bending the toerail easier.
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