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Re: Backing Plates for I30 Bahama Stanchions
Just food for thought....
Unless the plywood core has been damaged by water and rotted, I doubt the current setup will pull though the deck. I suspect the stanchion on the Bahama will break off at the base before the base lets go of the deck. If you're going through the effort of attaching a backing plate I would suggest perhaps looking at stronger stanchions. I replaced all of mine with a custom made unit that fits the same base pattern and extends right over the toe rail, moving the actual stanchion out as well as more upright. This increased the deck space along the cabin trunk, making it easier to go forward and work on the side decks. That was the original goal of the new bases, not an issue of strength. In fact, the new bases also have oversized fender washers as backing. Try as I might, I cannot get the deck at the stanchion to flex. They were built strong in those days!
Last edited by bvermeer; 07-23-2014 at 12:26 PM.