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Post: "Caprail Replacement On W42"

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Mike McCoy

The advantage of teak over aluminum is it isn't nearly as ugly ;)

The downside of course is the expense. For 'funs/giggles' I calculated the cost to replace the caprails on my W32 and it was around $700. Still, if it were me I'd definately go with teak.

One thing I'm pretty sure you'll have to do is use laminated teak for the curved pieces at bow/stern. Originally they were fashioned from one large (thick) piece of teak but it would be prohibitively expensive to do it that way today (maybe unless you sail to Burma ;)

I'd also suspect you should/would need to use your current caprails as patterns.

There is an excellent website of a W32 being refitted in New Zeland that cover replacing the caprails and shoring up the hull/deck joint (with numerous photos). I'm sure the approach would be very similar for a W42.

Can someone help? I can't remember the name of the boat or the URL (a Yahoo website).

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