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01-20-2013 07:23 AM
tap
Re: Toe rail cap

You could make a leveling shim with epoxy. Might not look quite as nice as teak, but probably a lot easier and cheaper.

What you do is put some plastic wrap tightly onto the toerail to keep anything from sticking. Put a couple layers of glass down and wet them out. Then put some thickened to peanut butter consistency epoxy down on top of the glass. A blob about the size of the plate you'll put on top. Now smoosh it flat with your plate, also protected with plastic wrap or some other kind of mold release on the bottom. Put a nice filet on the edges. When it cures you'll have a perfectly shaped shim that goes between the toe rail and plate. Trim off the excess glass on edges with some scissors.

You'll want to paint the exposed edges of the shim to protect it from UV damage. It will look nicer that way too. A black border around the stainless from the filet of epoxy might look nice.
01-18-2013 03:35 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Toe rail cap

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
I doubt Minne wants an IP step tread... but the picture does offer up an option... make up a similar teak 'leveling' piece and put a flat SS plate onto that.. you can buy polished SS checker plate that may have some non skid properties..
By George, I think we've got it!

It might be a small challenge to scarf a piece over the rail, but that's doable.

The sacrificial thought may be possible, if I could think of a way to reproduce it easily, but I like leveling it out and having a stainless tread.

Many thanks.
01-17-2013 08:46 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Toe rail cap

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
These are nice.
How about one of those cutesy brass plates that says "The Captains Word Is Law"?

Some of them are pretty big and stepping on them regularly seems like a REALLY good idea.
01-17-2013 07:32 PM
Seaduction
Re: Toe rail cap

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
I think this would slow his boat down too much!
Yeah....I know. Sometimes my boat is so slow that I sail backwards! ...and I don't even have step pads!
01-17-2013 03:02 PM
miatapaul
Re: Toe rail cap

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
These are nice.
I think this would slow his boat down too much!
01-17-2013 02:02 PM
Seaduction
Re: Toe rail cap

Quote:
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
I doubt Minne wants an IP step tread... but the picture does offer up an option... make up a similar teak 'leveling' piece and put a flat SS plate onto that.. you can buy polished SS checker plate that may have some non skid properties..
Right, he wouldn't want that on his Jeanneau. That was just a little 'fun jab.'
01-17-2013 01:21 PM
ehmanta
Re: Toe rail cap

How about a piece of sacrificial teak along the same idea of that Island Packet plate? You could cut saw kerfs longitudinally along the top of it to help out with the traction, dirt and grit plus the kerfs would hide any scuff marks. You can easily make the bottom of this strip concave by running on a diagonal across a table saw blade, as long as you clamp an auxiliary fence to the saw.
01-17-2013 11:01 AM
Faster
Re: Toe rail cap

I doubt Minne wants an IP step tread... but the picture does offer up an option... make up a similar teak 'leveling' piece and put a flat SS plate onto that.. you can buy polished SS checker plate that may have some non skid properties..
01-17-2013 09:36 AM
Seaduction
Re: Toe rail cap

These are nice.
01-17-2013 06:27 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Toe rail cap

Love brass, but unfortunately, there is none above deck on our boat. Stainless, teak, white gelcoat and dark blue paint are the only colors. I fear it would look out of place right at the lifegate. It may have looked better if we kept the toe rail varnished.

The cross section of our toe rail looks a bit like a huge piece of quarter round. There is a flat inside edge that is perpendicular to the side decks. The outside edge is convex, which is predominantly what you step on, at least the upper portion of it.
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