I plan to install some stainless steel
strakes to protect the teak
toe rails on my Pearson
323. The job seems simple enough, but I wanted to seek advice before diving
(1) 304 SS versus 316 SS. The most popular strake I find online is 304 SS, but I was worried about weathering/streaking. Do you think this is an issue? Any sources for 316 strakes?
(2) Fastening. The brand of strakes I am considering calls for #8 screws, and I intend to use SS material, to match the strakes. Any advice on preparing the teak
toe rails for fastening? For example, I would (a) pre-drill the holes with a tapered bit, and (b) pre-wax the screws before installation
. Did I miss anything (for example, is wood sealant
needed, especially if the holes are vertical, instead of horizontal)?
(3) Edge protection. At the stern cleats
, the rope
is chafing the edges of teak rails. Strakes are not the best application here, but I will try it, if can't find anything else. The ideal would be bullnose SS edge protection, but can't seem to find it online. Any suggestions?