Originally Posted by medicrene
I had the same problem with my Hudson Force 50. I had pulled the chain plates and had them repaired. They welded another thick piece of stainless over the crack and extened the repair so that at least one bolt was also included in the repair area. It works fine.
Is it worth risking your rig, deck, crew and most importantly SELF, just to save the few extra bucks new chains would have cost you? It isn't that expensive to make new ones up. I would think it would be less than merely painting the bottom of that monster (just how many acres of wetted surface DO those boats have?).
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