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What I see as a concern regarding the stanchions is the ones in my 30' call are mounted on the deck inboard of the toe trim. That reduces my walking area by 5" don't appear much, but in a dry run it makes a difference when freed up. I am considering buying or having build through the hull side monting stanchions .....
It's true many boats' stanchions are a fair few inches inboard, restricting the usable width of the side decks. Your solution would deal with that issue, but may look a tad "industrial" and certainly different. It would also increase your effective beam and may interfere with rafting up to other vessels (if you do any of that)
It will also be further complicated by requiring full access to the inside of the hull in those areas which may be awkward due to liners and ceiling finishes.
Another option, since you're into some welding anyway, might be to modify the existing stanchions so the splay outward at 5 degrees or so, giving you a wider passage at the top lifeline height.
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