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One other point to add to cam's good summary.
You should avoid tying things to the stanchions. I've seen kayaks and such tied to them, and it really isn't a wise idea. If you have water breaking over the deck, anything large, like a kayak, tied to the stanchions will help the wave rip the stanchions from the deck. If that happens you may end up with no lifelines and a large series of holes in the deck that are letting water down below in storm conditions...which you will not like.
Saw the results of having a kayak tied to the stanchions about 10 years ago when a sailboat limped into New Bedford Harbor with the lifelines and stanchions on one side missing and the crew and captain looked pretty beat up... and it had only happened on their last day at sea... I'd hate to think what they'd look like if it had happened in the middle of their passage up from Bermuda.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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