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Installing Tower Arch on back of Irwin 43 CC

Recently purchased a 43" CC and want to put an arch on the back for dinghy, solar panels, and Wind Gen. I've found this product at the link;

Arches for Sail Boats | Boat Towers | Towers for Sailboats.

Of interest to me is the "Offset Sail Arch" that has the "Fwd" legs 10" further apart than the "aft" legs. The issue on my boat is that this model has two lazerettes doors tucked into each corner at the stern, these doors preclude using the deck for mounting the fwd mounts. It is easy enough to mount the aft legs on the transom (using the access from the lazerettes to secure to the rear using the provided mounts. My problem is the fwd mounts. Do you folks think I can mount into the teak toe rail (according to the vendor the bulk of the wt goes "downward" into the transom supports. Or would you elect to mount the fwd mounts on the OUTSIDE of the vessel--again access via the lazarettes. The issue is now the arch pole and mounts are at risk while docking and from pilings etc. Thoughts and I hope that I've been relatively clear.

cut-n-pasted this from my post on Irwin site at Yahoo as well; looking for extra help.
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Deale Md, to Caribbean Oct 2012-Aug 2013
Boat Type Irwin 43 Mk III Center Cockpit--Sold it
Boat Yr, 1989
Boat Length 43'

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