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Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement
In this case, due to the heavy cap rail and rubbing strake, that would NOT be the easiest or simplest method. It would require either complex bending & shaping of the chains or a lot of work cutting slots in the noted trim.
Bolting them to the inside of the hull in their original positions avoids all that. It does involve a lot of ugly cleanup work of the old glass though.
And it avoids the Ugly bit of having the chain plates bolted to the exterior of the hull. I think it looks like a "cheap and easy fix" when on a boat that did not have it originally. It does make them easy to inspect though.