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post #11 of 12 Old 01-14-2012
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It's there to catch the toe of novice crew as they jump for the dock, thus simultaneously initiating a test of the crew's auto-inflating PFD and starting a MOB drill (usually involving every half-drunk old duffer in the marina trying to offer "assistance", or a drink, or something).
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Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
OK so it catchs your foot and keeps you from slipping out from under the life line/safety lines...

But I was looking at mine.. substantial aluminum extrusion "thru bolted" every 6" the legnth of the boat...overkill for a "toe catcher"

Gotta be some structural purpose beside hanging dock bumpers...?
The aluminium rail - holey rail etc. is used as a component of the hull - deck joint in most cases. A giant "backing plate" if you will. The toe rail and snatch block attaching aspects are bonuses.

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