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Mr. cthoops and I had a great season last year - our first as boat owners.
We were down at the boat today greasing and lapping the sea cocks when Mr. Cthoops noticed that we have some water penetration at the port chainplate. It wasn't evident last year, and I suspect the heavy snow we've had this winter was the final straw. The prior owner (who owned the boat for over 15 years) said he had pulled them a few times and always wondered why he bothered because it had been dry, so I don't think this is a situation where they were neglected for the past 20 years.
It looks like rebedding the chainplates is going to be our first "real" maintenance project on the boat. We have Don Casey's "This Old Boat" and we are also scouring the internet for info, but I was looking for any tips others might have. Is this something that can be done in a day? Can we use butyl (thereby not having to wait until late March or April for warmer temps) or do we need to use epoxy or 3M. The instructions for 3M say not to apply in temps under 40 degrees. If it's in the mid-40's but drops down to freezing at night, will it just take longer to cure, or do we need to wait until temps stay above 40 day and night?
Attached is the picture of the area that showed us something was up.
If you can't tell yet, any suggestions or advice would be most welcome.
1977 Bristol 29.9
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Last edited by cthoops; 02-22-2014 at 08:42 PM.