For anyone else out there considering the inspection or replacing of their chainplates, I just took the leap and did this myself. I did a post on my blog if anyone is interested, and would be happy to elaborate if there are any questions. A straightforward project, for sure, and yet one that gives enormous peace of mind.
Stories of Aeolus- Our Gulf 32 Pilothouse: New Chainplates!
And FWIW, I should say here that I do not make any $ on my blog. It exists purely for informational and family purposes.