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Can anybody recommend a good source for G10 plate? Preferably about 5/8" thick, and maybe about 12" by 12" size? Just need a backing plate for an anchor windlass - not a full sheet of the stuff!
What is the basis for the thickness? If it is stiffer an stronger than the deck layup, it is wasted. Given the limits of the windlass, deck, and chain, I seriously doubt anything over 1/4-inch will have value to you, but some simple engineering calculations would tell. Additionally, bonding it to the deck will greatly decrease the required thickness, as the deck and plate will act as a unit. If the plate doesn't conform to the curve of deck, the load distribution is haphazard.
Really, the load on the windlass should not be great if a proper chain stopper is used. That is where the big snatch loads are.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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