I've done away with my rotted mahogany bulwark and decided to simplify things by adding a fiberglass
toerail to my 34' Falmouth Cutter
instead. Sick of leaks
, brightwork and rot
in this Florida
The toerail (when finished) with be 1/2" wide by 1-1/2" tall. The interior
of the toerail is Air-Cell foam with 3 layers of 17oz biaxial glass and epoxy
. Unbelievably strong.
I was looking at possibly embedding fairleads/chocks in the glass rail (starboard & port) for my forward and aft cleats
, though I'm undecided. I have samson
posts forward and my aft cleats
will be sitting on a 2-1/4" high boomkin...both higher than my 1-1/2" high toerail. (Position of tape measure in the pic of the starboard rail is the approximate placement of aft starboard cleat on boomkin).
My midship cleats are set approx. 2" from the edge of the hull
and I'm leaving open a 2' 6" gap in the toerail (also to help in drainage)...should be enough of a gap for spring lines.
I know it can't hurt to have them, but does anyone believe fairleads are even necessary (forward and aft) in this situation? There are also no stanchions to get in the way of lines either. Putting fairleads in the glass, will be a bit of a pain, but better to know now. I don't believe putting them on top the rail is an option as the rail is only 1/2" wide and is rounded on top (not flat)...plus putting them in the glass looks nicer. Albeit, I'd rather just do away with the fairlead idea completely.