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How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

I will be rebedding all my deck hardware shortly and I was looking into how hard it would be to get at the stanchons from below deck. I can not see any nuts. Just the bolts comming through? Although they seem to be pretty solid.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

Do you have a toerail?If so I will give you C&Cs solution. Easier to maintain and doesn't go through the gel coat.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

Yes my tartan 30 has a toerail.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

I have some deck hardware that is mounted through aluminum plates that are sandwiched in the deckcore. The plates must have been drill and tapped because there are no nuts, just the bolts sticking through.

A major pain in the ass because they were bolted using flatheads, and its impossible to get enough leverage to remove them after 30years
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

Old flatheads: Best odds are with a screwdriver reground if necessary for the right fit, and then using a handheld impact driver and maul instead of a regular screwdriver on them. The impact diver makes a big difference on parts like that, which aren't going to run away from it.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

My Beneteau also has it's stanchions bolted to the toerail. No deck penetration. They seem very solid.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

Our C&C 35 MKIII has stanchion holders bolted through the toerail. No real deck intrusion that way and no problem with leaking issues either. Gates may take a stanchion strut.

Either type B,C, D may fit over your toerail
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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.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

My 'toe rails' are two inch thick teak that is 6 inches wide, sitting on a bulwark that is from 8 to 3 inches high.
They are screwed in. It would take 10 inches of bolt to get to where you can put a nut on it.
Seems light weight? It's been there for 27 years.
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Re: How are lifeline stanchons mounted?

The downside to bolting stanchions into the toe rail is that the toe rail now has to be much stronger, and the stanchion will be levering it off the hull/deck joint and opening that up in typical construction. This is not a one-size-fits-all retrofit, in some cases it could be a very bad idea. In others, an equally good one.

And of course if you have modern slotted aluminum RAILS designed to be used with "stuff", there's no way to bolt stanchions onto them. Not a lot of heavy teak lumber rails on small craft.
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