Here are some examples of hull deck joints. This should help you to decide what would work for you if you can determine what you've got.
"C" is a 'shoebox' style, "D" is an outturned flange style.. etc. However your boat may be different from any of these.... The Irwin diagram shows the same aluminum rail you're thinking of... (but think bolts/washers/nuts instead of those little screws) I suspect this is similar to your hull/deck joint arrangement. I've found several A30 blogs touching on the subject..
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
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