My question is related to the railing and the toerailing. I've read some of the post on this topic. My current
railing is about 3 feet tall and there is no toe rail. I plan to be in the ocean someday so I want a tall railing and a toe railing. I believe the railing can't be quite so tall forward though due to the head sails
. I've examined many boats and most sailboats seem to have shorter railings. Are there generally shorter railings in the front? I've seem some designs where it gets shorter forward. Are there any guidelines? I don't want to make any adjustments to the sail plan, like raising it up so the headsails run higher up (raising up the bottom so I can have a high railing), because I suspect that would be bad? Balance? I do see a variety of boom heights/lowest point of main sail depending on pilot house or no.
Can someone suggest how tall the railing should be for the first x feet of the boat
or something. This is a steel cutter
, a 37' double ender.
On the toerailing, does anyone think welding on a 1/4" by 4" piece of steel
as a toerail is a bad idea? I was even considering welding on the railing to the outside of this, giving me a few extra inches to walk around. I'm not worried about collisions (or stuff sticking outside of the boat) because I could fix it, but I am a little consider about lines getting caught on it. I've seen this on a coast guard boat