Replacing a teak toerail on a C&C Shark 24
I just bought a C&C 1971 Shark 24 in great shape though I need to replace parts of the toerail.
The bow section is a 9ft long 1¼"x5/8 teak molding.
The same molding is installed around the aft deck for 3' on each side and on the transom.
The middle of the boat has a 12' aluminum T-track 1 1/8"x3/8"to take blocks on cars.
The whole rail is bolted with #10 countersunk bolts at 6" on center.
I am considering my options:
- teak is expensive, not easy to get and the quality is variable.
- 1¼"x1/4" or 3/8" 6061 aluminum flat bar is available but might be too stiff to accommodate the bend of the deck.
- 1¼"x1¼"x1/8" or 3/16" aluminum angle might be easier to bend and drill to match the existing holes and is cheaper than the former.
- I have clear ash lying around that I could use to replace the teak. It would be the cheapest option but I would have to preserve it well.
What would you advise to take?
The 4' of rail starting from the bow is still in good shape and I don't know if I should keep it as it will make a kink at the joint with the new piece of rail.
I'd like to provide gaps for the rainwater to exit the deck as it's where the rot starts and the dirt accumulates, especially at the stern but the toerail covers the deck to hull joint and is bolted through toerail, deck, PVC rubrail (T-profile) and hull flange and I don't know how to treat the gaps without covering.
Thanks for your ideas,