Re: Chain plate or impact.
Interesting thread - I've learned quite a bit from reading it.
To the guys who say things like 'removing the plates and re-glassing aren't such a big job'...I don't think that's the case for everybody.
I've done a fair amount (altho much less than most on this forum, to be sure) of repair work, involving some glass, lots of resin; sheathed a wooden boat in glass, etc..., but I find that significant glass work like this always makes me nervous, especially when it's structural in nature...How many other guys feel like that??
On a side note - Chuckles - in the original picture, are you actually standing in your dinghy, in the water, with an extension cord hanging over the side of the dinghy while operating a power tool???
I hope this is an optical illusion, and there are some safety precautions that I don't see in the picture, or I suspect self-electrocution is a much larger worry for you than a dismasting.