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Old 12-01-2006, 06:50   #1
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Deck fitting re-bedding

Good day all! I started rebedding my stanchion bases and found they had no backing plates on them. My question is on some of the plates I can not make a plate that will reach the scews toward the outside of the plate because they are located on the other side of where the deck and hull are fastened togather, should I just put a backing plate on the two that I can get to. Next question is What do you think about topping plates?

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Old 12-01-2006, 07:59   #2
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You can only do what you can. Certainly any Backing Plate, or even Fender Washers, that you can add will improve the situation somewhat.

Topping Plates would be most useful in correcting for undersized (area) Stanchion Baseplates, by distributing the load over a greater topside bearing area.

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Nightcap had the same problem so they added pieces outboard that wrap over the toerail and down the side about 1". They are fastened into the deck edge instead of the hull but seem to hold up real well. The back plates on the inside take care of outward force and the wrap over takes care of inward. They also don't look TOO ugly.

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Backing Plates

On the boat I am currently fitting out, the shipwright who replaced deck prior to my purchase had not replaced backing plates on lifeline bases; (I later found them in a bucket with other miscellaneous fittings in a locker).

I have since replaced these, and in addition placed stanchion bases on teak pads that are larger than the footprint of the base - spread load over the greatest area. The teak pads look smart too!!

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Before you but the bases back on, take a countersink to the holes in the gelcoat. The space gives the sealant a place to go instead of squeezing out - kind of like putting a small o-ring on the fastener shaft. And make sure you check the deck core - if there's any doubt, rip out the core and fill it in with kitty hair (epoxy with fiberglass strands mixed in). You don't want to lean up against it in weather and feel too much flex - makes you religious in a hurry...
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