Whitby caprail

10 years 1 month ago #1770 by Fergus & Carol McLean
We need to replace a section of caprail on our 1975 Whitby and wondered if anybody knows about any supplier of preshaped wood. We need a section for the port bow which looks like the second section back from the bow.
Thanks, folks.

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10 years 1 month ago #1771 by Gerry O'Donoghue
Replied by Gerry O'Donoghue on topic Whitby caprail

Its unlikely that you will get a supplier for cap-rails. These are generally cut to measure. Its not a big deal for any good carpenter.

Carefully remove the old cap-rail, you will be using this as a template. You need a wide piece of teak to allow for the horizontal curve in the rail. For example our cap-rail is 3" wide but you may have to buy a 5" wide piece of teak to accommodate the curve. Another issue will be that it will have been worn down over the years. It originally started as a 3/4 ins thick board (I think).

Look at the attached photos. They rounded both edges and then routed out the underside to give an outside lip and a 1/2" thick board. I think this is a waste of good and expensive teak. Jim who did the aft part of my boat used a full 3/4" board and just glued on a teak batten to give the outside lip. This will not work for you as you are trying to match the existing cap-rail.

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