Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement
The nut at the bottom of the forward (actually the center) plate is used to fasten a ground wire, it goes from there to the keel.
The plates stop at the heavy glass strip, they do not go anywhere else.
I'm not an engineer, I don't know where the compression is going - I thought it was to the keel, the mast is deck stepped with a post directly under the mast that transfers the compression to at 3/4 plate 2 inches above the (encapsulated) keel.
Maine Sail, you betcha - some of those screws have got to be replaced by bolts, probably all of them that are for stanchions and jib tracks - if I can get to the bottoms.
I have to get tarps, plastic, vacuums, tyvek suits and all that. Then it's off to fiberglass dust hades for a couple weeks.
I'll shoot some pics on the way.
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.