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Backing plates for life line stunchions

We got the boat a few days ago (a 1980 Catalina 22) all the life lines came in a box with what appeared to be everything.

I'm trying to get the boat ready to launch this weekend.
As I'm preparing to install the life lines I realize the backing plates are not there.
I can order from Catalina direct but they wont be here on time.

Can I use a section of 1/2 solid oak as a temporary plate till the stainless steel plates arrive?? Once I got them I can replace them one by one with the life lines in place, right??

Do you guys see any reason why I should not do this??

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Re: Backing plates for life line stunchions

I have seen all sorts of things used as backing plates for stanchions - washers, pieces of solid timber cut for the task, pieces of Plywood, solid stainless plate etc. If The stanchion bases are put on well (see Mainesail's advice here) and don't leak, your solid pieces of timber with stainless washers should be a permanent fix.
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Re: Backing plates for life line stunchions

Just put it back in the water without the lifelines. Plenty of boats don't have them (and frankly they don't really do much for the most part anyway). When your backing plates arrive, fit them. Cover the holes in the meantime. No point doing the job over and over
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Re: Backing plates for life line stunchions

Thank you guys for your responses.
Here's what I did. Later I will order the correct plates and shorter screws

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Re: Backing plates for life line stunchions

*probably* not an issue but I would have rounded the corner to prevent stress concentration...
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Re: Backing plates for life line stunchions

Use some fender washers and you can probably call it good. Better backing than a lot of stanchions have.
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