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Bent Stanchions / best fix?
'Just got back from checking my Catalina 309 (stored outside in Michigan). Looks like the last snow load we got sat on the custom cover and caused the stanchions to bend inward under the stress. There're four to six stanchions that are bent maybe 10 to 15 degrees.
Of course, the cover is peaked over the boom and centerline supports from the mast to the bow, and drapes over the lifelines and and stanchions. In retrospect I wish I'd opted for the cover that ends at the gunnels with an opening for each stanchion. Oh, well.
Anyway, what's the best cure for this? Best case scenario would be that the stanchions are intentionally a mild steel so that any dock collisions, etc. will not be transferred so readily to the fiberglass gunwales. Bending them back would entail tightly strapping a 2x4 to each stanchion, using its leverage to carefully bent them into position.
Worst case scenario is that it requires a team of skilled boat surgeons and many dollars.