Stanchion Replacement

Recently purchased FS2392 as a project boat. The wood at the mast step was rotted and when I pulled it out the rot extended into the vertical stanchion pieces. Therefor I'm planning to replace with all new mahogany. Since it has the hinge for stepping the mast is there any reason to replace the mast step and the facing that protects the wood at the step? Will be putting in blocking to reinforce the main vertical pieces and am also planning to incorporate a mounting for a compass. Searched and read some postings on the stanchion replacement. I'm a reasonably skilled woodworker so I'm not too worried about the woodworking part. Are there any other tips or things to be aware of in the process? Thanks in advance for your responses. Mark G

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I too had some cracked fiberglass near the mast step.

I too had some cracked fiberglass near the mast step. The stanchion was in fine condition and still fiberglassed to the deck. I used Marinetex epoxy from West Marine to bond and fix the crack for now. However, if the stanchion is boken away or needs to be replaced you would have to flip the boat over to re-fiberglass the stanchion to the deck which is a lot of work (at least you could work on the bottom/hull). I would think that if you try to do it right-side up the resin and glass won't fill in properly and run out and down the stanchion. I have seen some links or postings on the Forum of some temporary homemade saw hourses or dollies to fit the profile of the deck. Good luck, TomT

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quote:Originally posted by TomT .

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Originally posted by TomT ...if the stanchion is boken away or needs to be replaced you would have to flip the boat over to re-fiberglass the stanchion to the deck
Why does the stanchion "need" to be fiberglassed to the deck? It should be in compression? I realize that mine was orignially fiberglassed, but by the time my stanchion rotted out, it had not been bonded for some time. I replaced mine, but didn't fiberglass it in. If you are absolutely sure it should be fiberglassed in, I will do that to mine while I still have it upside-down.

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My intention is to epoxy a mahogany block (~4"x12")to the unders

My intention is to epoxy a mahogany block (~4"x12")to the underside of the deck that would fit between the two vertical stanchion pieces. Then I will screw the two stanchion pieces to it. My thought is that this will help distribute the load on the deck and will provide a large surface area for the adhesive. Since the joint should be in compression anyway it seems to me that this should work. Any comments? Mark G

I called the factory last summer and that's how they said they w

I called the factory last summer and that's how they said they would repair it. My problem was a minor fix. TomT

TomT

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