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Old 08-05-2013, 22:32   #31
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Re: I hate my stanchions! Should I remove?

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..... I want to remove them and make everything watertight with glass before painting, but can't bring myself to do it. I don't know why.
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Old 08-05-2013, 22:49   #32
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Re: I hate my stanchions! Should I remove?

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"The anxiety of having to go out onto deck"

And that's why some folks live in Indiana and stay on the farm. Where they are safe from the sea, and conveniently forget how many others are mangled by farm equipment instead.

Go figure.
What do you know of farm equipment? I've known 5 generations of ranchers of several families none of whom have suffered injuries as you allude.

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Old 09-05-2013, 00:12   #33
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Re: I hate my stanchions! Should I remove?

The best stanchion bases I've been involved with, on a small solid fibreglass offshore sailboat hull (glass over ply deck), were some we made with heavy (5mm thick) stainless bases, which we had pressbraked so they wrapped over the side and had a couple of big screws horizontally into the solid timber "shelf".

The shelf was the longitudinal member, glassed-in immediately inboard of the solid glass gunwhale, forming a landing for the deck.

The horizontal foot of the plates went well inboard with two decent bolts into a backing plate under the deck, just inboard of the shelf. This foot was braced back to the stanchion in the usual way with a twin-legged bail of 6mm stainless rod, plugging into thru-holes in the base and welded from beneath, and bent around the outboard side of the stanchion and TIG welded to it a short distance up.

These are the only small-boat stanchions I've encountered which had the same solid feel you get on a big offshore boat. They've never leaked a drop in twenty years.

I designed these after coming back from a trip where, in an out-of-the-way anchorage, we caught up with some friends in a 25' charter sailboat, a production boat of some repute.
One of our friends had lost their footing and fallen against a stanchion, as a result of which the base had torn a hole in the deck. Luckily we had suitable tools and repair materials with us to make it temporarily safe, otherwise they'd have had to cut their holiday short, in a place where it would have taken several days for the charter company to get a replacement boat to them, even if one were available.

Could have been worse: they were close to some pretty challenging waters....

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