Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?
An equally big benefit of those "holey rail" stanchion bases can be the increased side deck width you gain. Numerous small boats have unusable side decks because the normal stanchion bases intrude so far.
The first time I sailed a Grampian 26 I thought of them - they would be one of the very first changes I would make if I bought one of those boats - you would actually be able to use the side decks instead of clambering over that high cabin top.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.