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Aluminum toe rails can be far more useful than a teak one... with holes in it for snatch blocks, integrated cleats or chocks...etc. However, it really depends on a few things... is the teak toe rail in good shape? If so, why replace it? If you replace it, you lose the outboard sheeting track for the 150% genoa, since you can't really put a track on an aluminum toerail.
BTW, 1/4" screws, every four inches may be plenty for the toe rail. Aluminum toe rails come in a variety of shapes, and what shape will work best for you is kind of a toss up.
I don't know of any other vendors unfortunately... none of the big marine suppliers I normally use, Defender, Hamilton Marine or such seem to carry toerails.
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