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As the owner of a 27' boat with a teak toe rail/cap rail I can confess that I would love to install the aluminum toe rail you propose. Sure the wood looks good when it is maintained but it is nearly useless without installing padeyes/Beckets and what not as there is no way to attach a boom preventer or moving blocks to it. The aluminum rail is so much more useful that aesthetic concerns are overruled in my book. The problem I have is that our hull/deck joint on our Tartan 27' is flanged outward and there is no easy solution for me but maybe much easier for your boat.
For the record I have replaced several pieces of teak toe rail on our boat and have been lucky enough to find some pieces of 'rippings' of teak that only cost $5/board ft. instead of the $20+/bd. ft. it normally costs. And yes, longer pieces are better. You might also be surprised how easy it is to bend a flat extrusion like this (or a piece of wood) to the shape of a typical sailboat hull.
If you miss the aesthetic of the wooden toe rail you could add a stripe that follows the lines just below the new rail and mimics the 'old' look.
Best o' luck with this.
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