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I'm in the process of completely restoring/upgrading an 82 C-27. My compression post looks pretty good but does show signs of having been wet (duh). This got me to thinking....should I replace the wooden compression post and upgrade with a stainless steel type? I'm a big fan of overbuilding and feel like a stainless steel upgrade would give me one less thing to think about down the road.

What are the advantages/disadvantages?

What would I step it on? Should I upgrade from what is currently under there. I already plan on doing the factory recommended keel upgrade so doing a bit more work while I'm in there is no big deal.

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I have one in my boat. I don't see how there would be a disadvantage except for cost.

I would make sure that the bottom support is well constructed. Rot and crush proof. I would think any local shop could weld up a pipe with top and bottow plates.
 

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My previous boat (Cal 9.2) was built with a SS compression post. Liked that it needed no maintenance.
 

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S.S. is a good idea. Make it beefy so it gives the look of strength. I'd go 3" OD max. It will look "right". Try to step it on a plate that bridges two hefty athwartships floors so the load is well spread out. Put a nice wide beefy flange on the top of it. Make the flange dimensions greater than the footprint of the mast.
 

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I have one from steel, will replace with stainless in 5 years. Works great besides having to scrape and paint every season on the foot. (bilge contact).
Get it sandblasted and have it powder coated, it will outlast you...
 

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Lol climbhike thats what I call my stainless steel compression pole. The stripper pole on my boat is 35 yrs old and looks great and sturdy.
 

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Hmmmmm?

Imafoolforstainless in most places/uses; but a honkin' big, shiney post in the midst of almond FG and teak woodwork just goes against my grain. Mebbe ifnit. was bronze? ;)'
 

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Powdercoat is great stuff, but I wouldn't use it on a compression post that extends into the bilge. The rust will get in between the powdercoat and metal and push the coating off. Repowdercoating is more expensive than repainting.

There is a stainless compression post in the middle of my boat (it runs through the main cabin table), which otherwise has a fairly woody interior. I think that it looks fine and it matches the polished stainless chainplates. You can image search for "pearson 28-2" to see lots of examples. The post is made at Bob Perry suggests, with a large plate at the top and bottom to spread the load.

I never confirmed this, but when I owned a Catalina 25 it looked like the compression post was hollow and made of 4 boards joined together. If the C-27 is the same way you might be able to run a metal post down the center of it to keep the wooden load with the structural integrity of metal.
 
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