Join Date: Feb 2000
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With all due respect, moving the chainplates to the hull on an Irwin 30 is extremely bad advice.
-First of all it is a major project to build up enough hull thickness to take the localized loadings of the chainplate bolts. a bulkhead repair is simple by comparison.
-Moving the chainplates outboard will absolutely kill windward performance of the boat. Adding even a couple degrees of incident angle at the middle of the genoa really alters pointing ability significantly. The outboard shroud placement of many older boats is often the single factor limiting thier pointing ability.
-You will need longer spreaders and shrouds, (and perhaps a new genoa) the cost of these first two items combined far exceed the cost of the bulkhead repair.
-And lastly, you''ll kill the value of the boat for any knowledgeable sailor and restrict its resale to someone who knows so little about sailing that they won''t realize how much the sailing performance of the boat has been compromised by the relocated shrouds.