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re: Practical Sailor has deaf ears
This was the other thing that turned me off to Practical Sailor. They did several articles on chain plate materials. One article on the use of titanium and another on the use of stainless steel. The titanium arcticle was all pro on using titanium and the stainless arcticle was all pro on stainless is ok as long as you do inspections, but then other articles from Practical Sailor says stainless can fail without warning, even after a good visual inspection.
So which way is it boys? I look to Practical Sailor as the expert and they are giving conflicting advice. I even wrote a letter to the editor, but never got a response.
In the end I will be replacing all my chain plates with silicon bronze, I think it is better than either stainless or titanium, but a metal Practical Sailor never mentioned in their articles.