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Stanchion Height

I'm in the position of having to replace the stanchions on my boat (an S&S 34). The existing setup uses 24 inch high stanchions, which I believe is pretty standard. I'm considering going to 30 inch stanchions. Curious if anyone has a view as to the utility (or non-utility) of taller stanchions.

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Re: Stanchion Height

The general view is always higher is better. However, if you change the height of the top lifelines, whatcha gonna do with the bow & stern pulpits? It won't look too silly at the bow, but the stern sure will.

OTOH, the very best advice I've ever read (on CF) was: "Treat the edge of your boat as a 500 foot clif."

"Depending on "life"lines to "save" you is a fool's errand.

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Re: Stanchion Height

If you go from 24 to 30 inch stanchions, don't just replace the stanchions, make sure you replace the bases and beef up the backing plates (if there are any) because the longer the lever, the higher the loads. Most bases are kind of stressed at stock heights. I guess another disadvantage is the higher the life line is the more room you will have to side under it, as the lower line is likely to be set higher as well.

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