PostHeaderIcon Toe Rail

a small, raised edge around a deck’s outer perimeter. May be made out of wood or perforated aluminum. The presence of a toe rail helps to keep small objects from falling overboard—or at least slows their exit. It also helps to keep feet from sliding off the deck. Snatch blocks or other hardware may also be attached to the toe rail. Often referred to as “the rail,” as in “everyone on the rail and hike hard!” Old wooden ships had much taller woodwork around the deck edge called bulwark. The safety perimeter around the deck is referred to as lifelines or guard rails.

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