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Chain Plates and Mast Tang Question

Why are chain plates built and installed with a much stronger design than the tang they attach to on the mast? Most sail boats have a very long and large cross section chain plate held with many bolts, then it attaches to a relatively small tang held by one bolt on the mast. We seem to concentrate most on the condition of the chain plate but what about the mast tangs and bolt?
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