Originally Posted by HopCar
What is the rail made of?
Polished aluminum.....amazingly, even though most of the rail is 1993 original it has no pitting whatsoever. Before I bought the boat I talked with Dick Lazarra (the designer) on the phone and asked why they didn't use stainless. He kind of laughed and said funny I should ask that as he and his brother were arguing over that very fact when they were designing the craft. I can't remember now which of the two was for the stainless but obviously the aluminum won out. I'd rather it be stainless as I do worry the aluminum will pitt someday but so far so good.
I suspect the aluminum won out as if it was SS they would have had to go smaller diameter and they figured the larger rail looked more substantial and impressive.
I sell used machine tools and with a proper diameter piece of stock I could easily lathe turn and then bandsaw out one of these but it really should be clear anodized to not pitt and anodizing one piece is not something an anodizer is too interested in doing, without paying thru the nose anyway.