Getting close to making new Dyneema lifelines
, but my stanchions are a mismatched mess and I was hoping to fix them before cut up some expensive line...
This is an early 60s Pearson
Triton. A number of the stanchions are bent in weird angles. I have a feeling this might be stock, because it's on both sides, and I've seen it on other boats, although I'm not sure why.
4 of the bases are bronze and appear to be in very good condition. The forward ones are stainless replacements
and are also in nice shape.
The tubes and tops are a mix of crappy and ok.
I think the most cost effective solution would be to pull all the tubes and replace them with new straight tubes and end caps.
Here's the problem though:
on at least one of the bronze stanchions, the stainless tube seems to be glued (?!?) into the bronze stanchion base. There is no set screw that I can see, and it looks like a very tight fit at the joint between the two. It feels solidly in there.
Were these ever glued in? I'm not sure how to get it out. I can pull the stanchion base if I have to, and heat it with a propane
torch to hopefully get it out. I'm just confused as to how it's in there and if that will do it.
My other question:
Is there some reason that the stanchions are so bent that I'm not getting? They end up occluding the side decks significantly. I'd like to replace them with straight stanchions. The only issue I can see is if you were lying against a sea wall or rafted up with a much larger boat.
My other other question:
I'm planning on putting another stanchion between the side stays so it's not such a long run between the mid stanchion and the forward one, and I can thread the lifeline between the stays without chafing on them. Any issues with that?
And if I'm replacing all the tubes...should I up them from 24" to 30"?
Here's the bentest one:
And here's an album of the rest of them: