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new handrails

the old handrails were shot. removed/holes filled. now i need to replace 'em. it seems that the choices are stainless or teak, and i probably wont go the stainless route. two questions: are there any other materials that can be used? secondly, im thinking of using two seperate rails per side instead of one long one, but am concerned about snagging issues?
here is what the mounts looks like (is there a standard size they all meet?) :

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Starboard?
There are a few threads on this. Looks like your application, with those pads part of the deck, might call for a fairly slender piece of starboard. Not sure if I'd feel good about that. Teak or SS sounds better.
Also, with those pads built in to the deck I'd lean towards a single piece, simply from an ascetic point, but that's a personal choice. I don't think snagging would be an issue.
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If it was my boat I'd probably go for Teak. SS will get hot in the sun where you are in TX.
I hope you saved the old hand rails for basic measurements unless they were too far gone.
Some outfits sell off the shelf pre-made handrails that are more or less standard with many boats (sailnut, defender etc.). If you have the time and inclination it isn't that difficult to make your own.
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