I have the Whitlock version and found the weak link in the guard rail/throttle housing one day sailing
in a stiff breeze. I was perched on the coaming and braced my foot on the throttle assembly as the obvious location when it moved! Seems the whole shebang is plastic so the tube beneath just broke the plastic housing, a bit like a cheese as it had no real strength at the transition. It also broke the top plate the throttle was bolted to.
I braced the two SS tubes to each other beneath the throttle and repaired the plastic case by making some SS plates bent to shape and bolted in/on. The bracing bar, also 32mm SS tube fits nicely just in front of the pedestal by offsetting the end fittings. Whole thing is now very tough but I still brace my foot on the actual pedestal instead of the tube or throttle housing.
Great pedestal but the add-ons need a bit more thought for durability.