For some scary looking issues with older chainplates, check out the pictures on this SA thread (you'll have to log into their site to see the pics) (sorry for posting the link to a "competing" board, but the pics are pretty incredible)
Chain plate a go-go - Sailing Anarchy Forums
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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