I snapped a stanchion bolt the other day!1/4" stainless steel machine screw actually.
Starboard stanchion by the cockpit. Forward inboard bolt. The stanchions get abused sometimes, people grabbing them or the lifelines while docking. This one was leaning forward an inch off of vertical, but seemed sturdy enough.
I had the lifelines loose and was pulling on it (aft) - not all that hard! to straighten it up - And something went POP! Pretty loud too
Inspecting it, it was pretty obvious what had happened, so I dug the bolt out and replaced it.
This bolt (machine screw actually) had some serious corrosion issues. (See the attached photos)
There is quite a bit of old damage on the mating surfaces. That's the dull gray part. And quite a bit of sealant over the old damage!
The bright metal tab seems to be the place where it broke. There was NOT A LOT of metal there!
I have recently learned that there is an aluminum plate buried in the deck lay-up where the stanchions are attached.
What say ye? Was this 20 years of dissimilar metal corrosion? (4 photos)As soon as possible, ALL of the stanchions are going to be pulled and re-bedded.