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post #88 of Old 10-28-2013
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Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement

This thread has been of great interest to me as I own a 1988 Irwin 38 MkII. I have the same crazing in the gel coat around the chain plates. I have attributed this to trapped water and the freeze/thaw cycle. I drilled into the glass at the bottom of one plate and water drained out.

After seeing the condition of the removed plate replacing chain plates has moved a bit down my priority list but when I do start the project it will be external plates bolted through the old ones. My only question is the number and diameter of bolts I should use? The plates are 3/8" x 2" x 24".

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