SailNet Community - View Single Post - Cost to Replace Chainplates? Should I Walk Away?
View Single Post
post #18 of Old 06-28-2013
Senior Moment Member
SloopJonB's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Vancouver B.C.
Posts: 13,059
Thanks: 90
Thanked 118 Times in 113 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Re: Cost to Replace Chainplates? Should I Walk Away?

The only big expense in replacing chainplates is if they are inaccessible - glassed to the hull, hidden by elaborate cabinetry etc. or if their attaching points are rotted - bulkhead replacement needed and so forth.

If it's simply replacing like with like it shouldn't even get to a boat buck - assuming you turn the wrenches.

Take one or two out and give them to the machine shop to use as templates. They should be made from flat bar, not cut out of plate with a jet. Get them electropolished for a few bucks more and replace - then two more and so on.

I did them on my Columbia 43, which included a fair bit of welding and the reconstruction of a fairly elaborate headstay fitting for less that $1K.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
SloopJonB is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
The Following User Says Thank You to SloopJonB For This Useful Post:
CheckedOutRob (06-28-2013)
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome