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|01-15-2012 12:49 AM|
Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
|01-14-2012 12:58 PM|
|SlowButSteady||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).|
|01-14-2012 12:50 PM|
|PaulinVictoria||And of course on boats that don't have a track for the jib, you can use the toerail as the fore/aft adjustment of your jib sheet positions.|
|01-14-2012 11:25 AM|
An aluminum toerail's prime purpose is to stain your hull in the rainy season so that you don't ignore the poor old girl and actually have to wash her now and then.
Seriously, we've had both, and none, on the various boats we've owed over the years. A wood one is beautiful accent until it isn't... perforated aluminum is very convenient for clipping halyards and blocks to, tying fenders (as mentioned), having none forces you to be vigilant outside the cockpit, esp if there are no lifelines either. I occasionally walk forward up the lee side deck (for example to adjust a leech line on the jib) and do rely on the toerail then.
OTOH in the event of a deck-edge-damaging collision (say a port/starboard incident racing) that mangled toe rail is probably the toughest thing to straighten out...
|01-14-2012 10:39 AM|
|SkywalkerII||I think it can also been seen as the vestigial form of the original bulwarks of earlier ships. Bulwarks allowed for safe working on the deck.|
|01-14-2012 08:40 AM|
|bljones||Seeing as it is a straight extrusion that both curves and twists to follow the sheer, bolts every 6" are necessary to keep it from springing off the deck. Most formed wooden toerails don't have as many fasteners.|
|01-14-2012 08:27 AM|
|trantor12020||You can mount a twigger block on toe rail for trimming spinnaker or genny. For mounting preventer gears. Securing net to prevent kids and spin/sail from falling over board. Wish I have toe rail on my boat.|
|01-14-2012 08:23 AM|
|CaptainForce||My toe rail was not on my hull-deck joint and, as a long piece of teak, was more of a brightwork chore than a functional structure. I removed it about ten years ago and epoxy filled the fastener holes. If I'm taking a trip to the bow with any significant heel, I'm walking on the high side (windward) anyway and not relying on the toe rail. I do keep a taught small dacron line strung along my stanchion bases to catch any rare loose deck item. I did keep a section that supports my genoa track, but none of the rest. Take care and joy, Aythya crew|
|01-14-2012 07:58 AM|
|garyguss||Connects the deck to the hull on some boats, protects the joint betweeen the hull and deck on most boats. Sometimes you can mount blocks there for some applications|
|01-14-2012 07:54 AM|
|jameswilson29||Prevents drink from sliding off boat...|
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