Stanchions on a boat serve two purposes. They anchor the life rail to the boat, and they provide an anchor for a lifeline should one have to be used if someone falls overboard. When building a model boat, adding stanchions gives the boat a realistic appearance. Gluing stanchions on a model boat requires a steady hand and a considerable amount of patience.
Determine the proper stanchion placing on the boat. The first stanchion should be the equivalent of 1 foot from the point of the bow. On the stern of the boat, the stanchions must be no more than the equivalent of 1 foot from the interior corner on a life size boat. For example, if your boat is a 1/10-size model, the first stanchion should be 1.2 inches from the point of the bow. Mark this spot with a pencil. Stanchions must be placed every one to three feet along the railing of an actual boat. Measure the equivalent distance around your boat with a tape measure and place marks in the appropriate places.
Hold the stanchion with a pair of tweezers in one hand. Place a drop of white craft glue on the back of the stanchion.
Position the stanchion on a mark you made near the bow on the boat. Hold the stanchion firmly in place for 30 seconds to allow the glue to set. Repeat this for two to three more stanchions.
Slide the railing or rope through the stanchions. Just before sliding it fully into place, apply a drop of glue on the end of the rail or rope to secure it into place.
Continue adding stanchions and rails around the perimeter of the boat. Depending on the model, you may need to add stanchions and railings across the stern of the boat. An aircraft carrier, for example, has stanchions across the stern.