Well I'm a new proud owner of a Cooper 416. I actually bought her a couple of months ago but have only started working on her in earnest this past week. Weather here in Vancouver has been bloody miserable for the last couple of months so I went away on vacation.
I used to be called MVSunstar on these boards when I was a sailing wannabe, but now that I am I've changed my name and retired the old one.
So on to the real question at hand. My Cooper is over 30 years old and there are signs of some deck delam around the chainplates and some moisture intrusion below decks near the chainplates. The surveyor recommended that I at the very least inspect them. The big problem is that they are completely encased in fibreglass and not bolted through.
So one of my first stupid questions. My mast is stepped on the keel, is it safe to unattach one chainplate at a time to work on it? I basically need to dig out the cold chainplates and replace them all and fiberglass them all in again. A big job.