Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
I call ignorance.
What's a dampening plate? Do all transmission have them or are they an extra? I recall recently reading the blog of S/V Wondertime and their dampener plate $hit the bed on the much feared trip from Fiji to NZ. If I recall it sounded like an "added extra" feature.
"True, your boat will outperform mine to windward, but my boat will always outperform yours at anchor." --MedSailor