Join Date: Oct 2007
Thanked 24 Times in 23 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Chain plate or impact.
The survey is done, I don't have the report yet so I can't share the images.
Per the verbal report all my chain plates show signs of moisture intrusion - and we found additional spider cracking (less obvious) at other plates - some in the white gel below the cove stripe (blue).
The only good, dry plate is the forestay.
I reckon I'll be in the vendor tents at the boat show, talking to riggers
At this point I'm not sure if I'll be going at them from the inside or the outside.
Chuckles, there is a lot to recommend putting them on the outside of the hull where they can be easily inspected. In your case, you won't lose any sheeting angle as the chain plates are not going to move very far outboard, if at all. You can have them manufactured out of beefy flat bar and make matching backing plates to take the load. If you bed them with butyl (on the outside plates only), you'll never have another leak.