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Re: early 70's Ericson 32
I looked at an E25 and one chainplate was "gone". It was attached to a wooden bulkhead, which needed to be replaced. A PO had installed a tiny woodstove in the head, and water came in through the stovepipe penetration and wet the bulkhead. The deck still appeared sound. I think it is common in these boats for rot on the wooden bulkhead where the plates bolt on. At least the attachment point is not deeply hidden. And it allowed the chainplates to be more inboard, out of the way of the sails.
Looked like the bulkhead was installed before the deck was fitted to the hull. So a repair would require replacing it in two pieces and joining them in place.
If you go the the Ericson website there are threads on fixing this problem.
Last edited by skygazer; 03-25-2012 at 03:54 PM.