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post #11 of 16 Old 10-20-2011
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The aluminum toerail you linked to is a good idea but I don't know if one is available that would work with that kind of hull/deck join. I have one but the deck sits on an inward flange of the hull, as all I have seen are designed for. Maybe there is an extrusion available that will work. It would be expensive but a wood toerail will be expensive as well as the labor involved.
You are so right. I can't find an extrusion that will work for my hull deck joint either. I prefer the concept of the perforated toe rail over the decorative wood though.
The hull deck joint on my boat (Tartan 27) overlaps and flanges outside the hull, so it sticks out about 1-1/2".
The original poster was kind enough to post a diagram of their hull/deck joint so for a visual I give you the letter: "L". Invert it horizontally and that is my hull deck joint with an outward flange.
I've thought of swim noodles, fire hose and old tires and I'm all out of ideas.

Right now the teak toe/cap rail is looking pretty nice on our boat with just a few coats of Cetol boat snot applied to it now and again. I'd prefer the utility of the perforated aluminum toe rail but you've gotta' love the one you're with, and she looks great.

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If you have an outward flange you should be able to find a non-marine extrusion that will work in aluminum - really just a properly sized U shaped channel.

Or you could do it in stainless - or bronze.

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Look for a sheet metal fab shop in your area. They might be able to make something out of either aluminum or stainless. If done from a sheet and they have a break press long enough you can get 12 foot sections made.
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After due market research in the South Florida region, I'm leaning heavily on Jatoba. It looks like teak (tight grained, absolutely gorgeous), is cheap and locally available (Shell Lumber, Miami is excellent), and most importantly it is highly rot resistant and strong as hell. My only concern is that it will be difficult to bend into shape without cracking given its great density. Anybody have any experience with this wood?
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I've seen boats that replaced rotten teak toerails with recycled material that has the same look as wood but with no maintnance, it bends and hold curves easily. There is a company by me and they sell outdoor furniture made of this material in many different colours from pind to black, could this be and option?
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Aesthetically, my boat needs help where it can get it, also I can't install an aluminum rail as functional as that would be, so I'm planning on wooden toerails.
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