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Old 01-15-2012
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Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
OK so it catchs your foot and keeps you from slipping out from under the life line/safety lines...

But I was looking at mine.. substantial aluminum extrusion "thru bolted" every 6" the legnth of the boat...overkill for a "toe catcher"

Gotta be some structural purpose beside hanging dock bumpers...?
The aluminium rail - holey rail etc. is used as a component of the hull - deck joint in most cases. A giant "backing plate" if you will. The toe rail and snatch block attaching aspects are bonuses.
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