Carbon Stanchions.....I guess there will be no sanctioned racing for this boat.

I used my metal lathe to create machined aluminum stanchion ends and drilled holes through them so that they would serve to hold the upper lines. In this instance, I am using 1/4 inch pre stretched dyneema line rather than stainless steel. ( lighter and stronger with minimal stretch )

for the lower life lines, I used heavy duty shrink tubing to anchor small harken lashing eyes to the stanchion tubes.  This worked really well and produced a neat look.


Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Looks good but:

aluminum is eaten very quickly by carbon fiber in saltwater environments unless you insulate it well (sikaflex or fiberglass inside the carbon tube)

Lower eye strap held in place by heat shrink tubing? I think a weak pull will pull the eye strap right through the heat shrink tubing. Maybe bond on some carbon eye straps to the tube?