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Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

Lifelines need replacing, but three of the stanchions are bent at the base (10-20 degrees). $70 bucks each at West Marine. Can they be wrapped in something and then bent in a vice? Would a welder be able to heat and bend them without cosmetic damage?
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

Heating stainless enough to bend it will cause discoloration and make it no longer 'stainless'.
Bending it without heat, well certainly with tool marks and probably not exactly and would you trust it?
210 bucks is cheap for peace mind and will be a lot better looking
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

Thanks. My main concern is that the new stanchions will look so much better than the old ones.
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Thanks. My main concern is that the new stanchions will look so much better than the old ones.
Try Prism or Spotless Stainless - both do an excellent job of making stainless look like new.
The other thing you can do is either mix and match the new ones around the boat randomly, or just put them all in the same place and hope no one compares side to side.
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

Is it the base or the stanchion itself that is bent? Stamped stainless bases bend pretty easily, and while they can be bent back, it won't be long before you are right back where you started. Cast bases are much stronger, as long as they are not cracked you can straighten them and they should be ok. Bent tubing is more difficult to fix without a tube bender, putting it in a vise will deform it.
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

They are definitely bent just above the bases. I cannot fathom what happened, unless someone just hung off the side of the boat, or tried to use them to climb on board while the boat was on the hard.
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I cannot fathom what happened, unless someone just hung off the side of the boat, or tried to use them to climb on board while the boat was on the hard.
Nah, that never happens!
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They are definitely bent just above the bases. I cannot fathom what happened, unless someone just hung off the side of the boat, or tried to use them to climb on board while the boat was on the hard.
Not sure if your bases are like mine and mounted on the toerail. Different models have different style bases fitting over the toerail

It is a much superior design than many boats on one hand as you never have to worry about the base loosening and crazing the gelcoat/ fiberglass or leaking

On the other hand care must be given when docking. leaving th dock and also when tying off close to pilings as they seem to attract them and bend.

South Shore yachts has the original C&C Stanchions and bases as well as some other original C&C parts.
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

It is unlikely that you could unbend them without more damage. A machine shop might (slim chance) have the tools and mandrels to reform them. But you've got a good chance of finding the same or similar stanchions in similar condition from the consigment stores, places like Sailorman in Ft. Lauderdale. There's maybe a dozen scattered around the country and there should be lots of stanchions around after TS Sandy in the Northeast.

If you have to buy new...maybe it is sacrilege to suggest dragging them down a gravel road to age them in? (G)
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Re: Bent Stanchions- repair or replace?

You can also try Mass marine parts in Quincy, Ma. They have a ton of stuff and good prices. If my memory is correct, they were asking $30 for stanchions.

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