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Topic: Extra scepter foot
Posted By: Poul J
Subject: Extra scepter foot
Date Posted: 19 December 2020 at 14:23
I want to mount and extra scepter foot in each side. The purpose of this is to get the wire rail more wide so it does not "take up" space on the deck.
A scepter foot is mounted with a bolt in the middle.


I must thus fasten the scepter foot by:

1) Drill a throughout hole and put a nut on the back. However, I can not get to do that due to inner shell and other accommodation.
2) or cut a tread in the piece of aluminum plate embedded in the decks approx. 2-3 cm below deck at the point where I want to place the scepter foot.
However, I do not know the thickness of the aluminum plate.

Thus, only solution 2 is in my opinion possible, but I´m in doubt if it´s OK to fasten the bolt only in the aluminum plate?

Other ideas?

Poul Jørgensen

Posted By: Brufan
Date Posted: 20 December 2020 at 08:38
OK to fasten the bolt only in the aluminum plate?


hanse 355 - 57

S/Y Spicy Ginger

White hull, 2 cabins, Volvo D1-30, Selden rig, removable mainsheet track system, Simrad (now B&G)-Jefa autopilot.

Posted By: Poul J
Date Posted: 20 April 2021 at 10:42
The task is done. As you can se at the attached pictures, this made a good difference in space on deck.


Poul Jørgensen

Posted By: Martin&Rene
Date Posted: 21 April 2021 at 09:27
Good work.  It is interesting how sometimes the little things can improve a situation.  The yacht that used to be alongside us had its top guardrail fail through wear, because they tied their fenders to the top wire.  I always leave my yacht with the fenders tied around the base of the stanchion and this also reduces the load on the stanchion base.

Martin&Rene Hanse 341 Dipper Wheel steering, 3 cabin layout, normally based in Scotland

Posted By: S&J
Date Posted: 21 April 2021 at 17:30
This is my practice too.  Tie them on the guard wires for easy adjustment but move to stanchion base once settled.

H458 #159 Primal Mediterranean cruising

Posted By: smith_morten
Date Posted: 03 April 2022 at 20:47
Did you use solution 2?
What size of thread should I expect to do? And how Deep? I am planning to add a opening in the middle of the railing where the backing plates are Places.

S/Y Fionia (H400), Denmark

Posted By: Poul J
Date Posted: 31 May 2022 at 14:22

Yes, i used the solution 2?
First i ordered the scepter foot and the scepter at Then I measured the hole in the bottom of the scepter food. I can´t remember the size. (M8 or M10). I drilled the hole in the deck with a slightly smaller diameter until I reached the aluminum plate, and drilled about 10 mm further down trough the aluminium plate. Finally i did the thread. Be careful, when you make the tread into the aluminium plate.

I hope you can use my reply.

Poul Jørgensen

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