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Re: Chainplate advice needed

Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
Considering the labor involve in taking the chain plates out then polishing them and reinstalling them you may want to think about replacement.

I remember one story where a guy took out his chain plates they looked perfect but were original so he decided to replace them. He gave the old chain plates to a friend at a machine shop to reuse the steel.
His friend called him a few months later and told him that when he put an old chain plate in a shear to cut it, it shattered. It looked perfect too.

So not only is corrosion a problem but work hardening too.
How lucky do you figure you are?
The boat is a 90's vintage boat, that seems to have not been heavily used. Removing the chainplates is probably an hour. Between my wife and I, we got everything clean in a few hours.

How lucky do I think I am? Of all the potential mishaps in my future, this one is fairly low on the list. For example, my forestay looks good, so I am not replacing it. This, despite that it is the only non-redundant bit holding the mast up.
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