Tartan 27' owner
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It would be a good idea to fill the old holes with thickened epoxy and then re-drill new holes for new brass wood screws.
As you probably already know the hull/deck joint flanges outward, away from the boat making an approximately 1-1/2" lip all around the boat. This flange is what the screws that hold the toe rail to the boat go into. Old holes allow places for water to get into the laminate so it is a good idea to fill them. It is a good idea to use a bedding compound (like Butyl tape) around each screw hole as well.
We did a bunch of toe rail work on our T27 this spring. You will want to have a #8 countersink handy as well as some new #8 3/4" & 1-1/4" screws. The 3/4" screws hold the top piece down on the flange, the 1-1/4" screws are good for holding the outer (vertical) piece snug with the top piece.
We replace the outer piece on our stern this spring among others (as seen in pic).
There is also a yahoo group for T27 sailboats called T27Owners with lots of pics of these boats.
Is your friends boat called "Calipygian" by any chance?
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