Originally Posted by dmkey
Thanks. That's good to here.
I wonder if I should replace chain plates. I don't know of any issues, but haven't really exmined them. Is that something you typically do at the same time, or only if a lot of wear is evident.
Some Catalinas are notorious for failed chainplates. Actually, they aren't really chainplates at all, they used to use I-bolts and then went with U-bolts.
If they are original to the boat and the boat is more that a decade old and it's been on salt water. Change them. I've seen numerous failures over the years. A few of them lost the entire mast.
Remember any system is only as strong as the weakest link.