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Old 18 February 2007, 21:34   #1
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What is the post mounted in the front bow that I have seen on some of the larger RIBs? I thought it was called a Stanchion post however, I'm having no luck in locating one for purchase and installation instructions using that name in a google search.

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Old 18 February 2007, 21:47   #2
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Sampson post


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Old 19 February 2007, 08:25   #3
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To be pedantic I think it is "Samson Post" It might help your searches!!!
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Old 19 February 2007, 18:06   #4
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If you are going to install Samson post, make sure you get some eng advice on it. I would recommend that a similar Stainless Steel device be attached on the outside of the Bow where your towing eye is and Bolt it through assuming your rib can take it.

You do not mention why you need one or feel the need for one. They are heavy duty and more suited to the bow of a TUG.
I believe their real use is on Tugs that benefit from having a Towing position abaft of Bow so that when towing (sideways) being Pulled etc, the Tug has more steerage.

So why do you need one????

I think The Ballistic Rib has one, check ribsforsale.com
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Often they're fitted more as a fashion accessory than a useful bit of kit. We've towed more than one casualty vessel only to find their post flying towards us on the end of the pull, whilst the boat stays where it was....

Definately fix using a spreader plate bolted through deck strengetheners at the least.
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Old 21 February 2007, 12:46   #6
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I wouldn't be without one on a rib.

It's usefull in mooring (much easier attaching a line)

anchoring with no worries about chafing,The rope pulls vertiically over a rubbing strake/tube section.

We tie things down with between the stanchion legs using bungies.

It makes things stable in the bow in rough sees if you can attach them to it.

It makes a good tenting point for a cover both to reduce rain pooling with the cover on.and for somewhere to hide from the rain.

I've mounted a 6 aux there on a fabricated bracket to aid weight distribution.


My kids use it to hang on to when they are up in the bow. (I wouldn't let them up there if on the plane if the post wasn't there)

if attaching a line to say a larger boat, the kleats you are attaching too are normally higher than the post, so rope work is simple, with no leaning over the bow (again no worrying about kids falling in), anyone can tie off.

It's one of the the most used thing on the boat.

PS. In relation to ribs , you should never tow with the samson post.
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I wouldn't be without one on a rib.


PS. In relation to ribs , you should never tow with the samson post.
Yes I think you will find it rather difficult, if not dangerous. It will very much take away the top of ones cockpit and perhaps you "may lose the head" literally.

So do not do it at all......
A tug is a wholly different matter..... and then very carefully...
More people die that you can imagine with snapped hawsers and thus "lose the head" than you may wish to find out.. messy business...
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Sampson-Samson

By the way, I do believe it is called a Sampson post and not a samson post, but if the difference is important to you, take up stamp collecting or something.
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By the way, I do believe it is called a Sampson post and not a samson post, but if the difference is important to you, take up stamp collecting or something.
It aint what its called, its what it does that counts.
Ahh - but it is important if you are trying to google for something that you can spell it. In which case it helps if you omit the "P" as you will then get 10x as many hits. I have no idea which is technically correct - but it seems more common to omit the P.
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Yes I think you will find it rather difficult, if not dangerous. It will very much take away the top of ones cockpit and perhaps you "may lose the head" literally.

So do not do it at all......
A tug is a wholly different matter..... and then very carefully...
More people die that you can imagine with snapped hawsers and thus "lose the head" than you may wish to find out.. messy business...
I think he meant being towed by the samson post,which in this disussion is placed in the bow.
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