Santana 30/30 Email list archive: re: rig tuning
What boats NEED to replace their chainplates every 10 years ?
SchockT's experience with his Santana30 not having a hint of chainplate issues after 33 years seems to be the more typical situation.
All parts on all boats are subject to damage and wear after years of service.
I didn't say that they needed to be replaced but that they needed to looked after and inspected. Even then they are suspect.
We just had a sailnet fellow dougsabagg that lost his gulfstar 50 due to chain plate failure. He had inspected only one side of the boat and they looked good.
Unless you pull them you will not see the damage as the damage is typically just below the deck.
My point is that original build quality can actually be counter productive.
The Hunter may have had to be refit at 20 years because of lower quality parts so whey you buy it at 25 years you get a deal.
The premium boat may be all original at 30 years. Guess who gets to refit it?
Nothing lasts forever.