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Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement
Sloop Jon -Exactly so why would anyone want to reglass a new set into the hull, you're just setting the next owner up for the same mess.
Usually it's the cheapest way to go, often by a lot.
There is a legitimate debate about internal vs external chainplates,personally I don't see any advantage to external since they just change where the corrosion occurs. But let's table this for a moment.
The real answer is one of two options.
1) move to non-penetrating chainplates. This is becoming more common on new boats and is very welcome. Basically a metal ring is glassed into place and the turnbuckle attaches directly to that ring. No need for deck penetrations at all, not only eliminating the chainplate problem but also two holes in the deck.
2) switch to titanium instead of stainless. This is also being done more and more, and is a much better option for retrofit boats. The upside is that once replaced it is a permanent fix. They will never need to be replaced or even inspected in the future absent physical damage (someone hits it with a sledge hammer). The downside is they are a little more expensive than stainless, figure about 25% more for the parts.
This is an example of 1)
Last edited by Stumble; 01-29-2014 at 10:30 PM.