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I replaced our teak cabin top rails with stainless and bronze to achieve both a stronger rail and one less prone to leaks due to the tugging and abuse that lashing things to the most convient thing available can cause.
Stronger is also usually also safer
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I replaced our teak cabin top rails with stainless and bronze to achieve both a stronger rail and one less prone to leaks due to the tugging and abuse that lashing things to the most convient thing available can cause.
Stronger is also usually also safer
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That sounds like it would look nice, be strong; low maintenence and still have a traditional look. Can you post some pictures and what you did to make them?
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I'm partial to Teak rails, although the standard production rails are too thin. If you have to make them yourself, or have them made make them 1.5 inches at the base instead of the 7/8ths normally found at WM. Bed them well when installing and coat them in two part poly followed by a nice snap on canvass cover. Just my two cents and preference, it also depends on the boat and sometimes stainless makes perfect sense.
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Stainless rails can get hot enough to burn in the sunlight, I'd vote for teak and accept the fact that teak wears. It wears a whole lot less if you oil it regularly, to keep it sealed up.

Ipe is similar in all ways, doesn't hit the same orange-red tones that some teak does, but also costs about 1/4 as much so that's worth looking at as an alternative.
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Stainless, properly backed, is far better. You wouldn't question putting backing plates under a winch (well, I don't and I retrofitted my old boat this way!), so why would you not have the strongest possible fittings on something that may be your only grip between the boat and the sea?

I like teak in very limited amounts above deck. My forward hatch surrounds are teak, and I don't know if I'll keep them. The wood at the companionway is definitely getting replaced with metal and "Dutch doors".
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this is attempt #2 to post a pic of my cabintop and our rails hope this works/i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc256/svmorningstar/IMG_0135.jpg[/IMG]
Iwas not able to post this pic due to lack of posts , this can be viewed at above url
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I think there are a lot of traditional and modern materials that are both safe and suitable. It all depends on the design and installation. Also you might want to consider how deep your pockets are.
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this is attempt #2 to post a pic of my cabintop and our rails hope this works/i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc256/svmorningstar/IMG_0135.jpg[/IMG]
Iwas not able to post this pic due to lack of posts , this can be viewed at above url
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Steve,

Here is your photo (you need 10 posts before Sailnet will let you do it):

By the way, very nice!! That's how they do it on Cape George Cutters too, which are about as traditional as you can get and still be in a fibreglass hull (although I think CGC uses brass tubing intead of stainless).

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