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Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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Good point. I've seen posts by people with glassed in chainplates and it just seems dreadful. Anything you can't visually inspect is a recipe for problems. The bulkheads on the Gulf 32 are about 1/2" teak and are bolted around the hull into a lip of glass that was formed for the purpose. This allows me to check the condition of the bolts, and the wood, around these areas.
When I tension my shrouds down you can hear the bulkheads creek just a bit, sort of adjusting to the forces on them. I have absolutely no concern whatsoever about the integrity or ultimate strength of the bulkhead portion of the system, and so that is a good thing.
Good luck with your plates when you tackle them!
Bainbridge Island, WA
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