Home Made Teak Rub Rail
by Ed Klein
(Long Island, NY)
I have an Alerion Express 20, a 20 ft sloop with lines similar to a J22.
I want to fabricate a rubrail preferably out of teak to compliment the teak accents on the boat.
The plastic/vinyl kits look pretty cheesy.
I have access to the upper part of the topsides from inside the boat just below the side and fore decks so I can drill and work from inside as well.
She has a gentle curve with little sheer.
I thought of a 1"X 1"-1 1/2" piece of teak with a strip of aluminum or brass cap; Mounting either bolted through the hull (heads countersunk into cap outside) or machine/wood screwed from inside into rail, outside cap screwed into teak.
1) Is teak a good choice?
2) Can I anticipate the need for either steaming or notching inner surface of one long piece to make the curve; or scarfing 3 or so sections?
3) Comments on securing the work: bolts vs screws (stainless assumed)?
4) Metal cap aluminum, which will scratch and deform easily or brass?
Thanks a lot.
Skipper of 'Nena'