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Peter Sherman

Last summer I replaced my rubrails (the previous owner removed them and they were trashed) I had no qualms about using IPE. In my oppinion it has all the qualities of teak at a fraction of the cost. It's heavier and harder, but holds fasteners better and mills nice, although messy but so's teak. When it is oiled or let to gray it is very hard to tell the difference.I think if it weren't so heavy you would see a lot more of it in boat building.Re: weight, for rubrails and the like on a Westsail I don't think the extra weight will tip the scales. A while back I calculated what the extra weight would be if it were used for applied decking, and it was equivalent to having a couple of 5 year old kids on deck.

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