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post #12 of Old 12-18-2010
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You have just joined a large group of concerned sailors who are in the same situation. Early versions of the Island Packet yachts were plagued with corrosion problems in their chain plates as was a lot of the older Hinkleys. Many manufacturers use this method of fiberglassing the chain plate weldment into the laminate of the hull. Contact the owners association of these boats. I am sure there will be plenty of interesting solutions to chose from. I prefer being able to inspect them visually, either through external mounting to the hull or bulkhead mounted chain plates. Also consider hull liner/tie rod installations, ie: Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter and other manufacturers using interior grid/liner construction. Consider and get quotes for the repair before making an offer. Your surveyor will advise you to the extent these repairs may take.
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