||05-07-2014 12:57 PM
Re: Ericson 27 Newbie Needs lots of advice.
For the chainplates, it'll likely depend on exactly what needs to be repaired. However, even following some DIYs, you should be able to replace all three completely for well under that 1000 dollars. Are the bulkheads underneath intact? Or will that need replacing as well? A lot of factors to consider, based on what's wrong with them.
2nd, it depends on if you're willing to drop the mast or not. If so, it'd be pretty straightforward to replace. If not, it's still not impossible, but you'll have to go up the mast for the masthead connections, etc. Adds a little difficulty to it, depending on how eager you are to climb 30' whilst strapped in.
3rd, well, the pros are easy enough. You won't have to dinghy in and out all the time. You potentially have access to power constantly depending on the dock. You usually would have the marina's facilities available, bathrooms, showers, etc. To a lesser extent, you also get to mingle with your neighbors a bit more, depending on if you or they are people persons. You're also usually a little more sheltered from the weather and waves, at least compared to out on a mooring.
Cons: Well, not EVERYONE likes being close and tight to other people. You have the potential for more noise - usually halyard slapping sounds, etc. Some like it, others hate it. You also have the added fun of docking in a crowd, tighter turns, and such. And obviously the cost.
Off of the top of my head, that's all I got.