Hmm, I wonder if I ever said we took the ocean route
for the majority of the trip.
Well, no, it broke a week beforehand, and we just favored the starboard for the trip up. Stupid? Probably, but we are here anyway, safe and sound.
I have tested the other stanchions for play, they all are substantial enough for both me and the sis. I knew the first (aft) port stanchion to be weak because I had noticed it and knew the port side to be favored for boarding by the previous owner. As it is, a bigger friend broke it (I am a mere 160 lbs).
Thanks KB, I will try the local welders and definitely the school. I will talk with a master welder about reinfrocing all the stanchions. After all, we will need this boat to make it to the Bahamas
. Getting back, I couldn't care less about.