IMHO, you'd be better off with 316L stainless steel for chainplates. First, IIRC aluminum is far less fatigue resistant. Second, aluminum is less noble and you'd probably be using stainless steel fasteners with them. Using stainless steel and aluminum together with fairly large stainless steel fasteners is generally a bad idea, since the galvanic corrosion issues are far more likely because of the size of the fasteners.
Originally Posted by wkeenan78
I have a Starratt & Jenks 45' sloop with the chainplates fiberglassed into the hull. I dont trust them and will be fabricating and installing external ones. I have found a few pieces of stainless on the boat that had very small rust lines on them, when I tested them with a lever, they snapped very easy on the line. I want to make new ones out of 7075 T6 Aluminum alloy .75" X 2.5" flat bar. The 7075 T6 alloy is not your average aluminum with a yield strength of over 53,000 lbs. Thoughts and input would be greatly helpful.
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