I snipped about 1 foot of my bow rail off (the V on the bow rail) so I can access the boat easily (I bow into my slip) It has indeed inhibited the integrity of the entire railing on my boat. It is 1998 20 ft. Proline cuddy cabin/walkaround outboard. This boat is not manufactured with re-enfourced railing where it meets the gunnal. That said, I’m looking for hardware that would slip around the railing supports (2 halves or hinged)to anchor the railing to the boat hull to make it sturdy. Unless there is a product that will allow re-enforcement without having to penetrate the gunnal would be ideal.