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I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question

I, too have a Cat 27 and although mine wasn't surveyed have did a visual survey of the chain plates and they look to be in good condition and the wood solid. Having read this I will look further into their condition but as stated with an older boat prioritizing the maintenance is a key asset! I put better sails on mine including a new mainsail. I have leaking keel bolts and have epoxied the smile and am having the nuts ground and tightened! Couldn't do it in the water as with my previous C& C as the nuts and bolts aren't stainless and the previous owner left a good sized divot where he hit a rock so had to do a visual first. I received a generous settlement through insurance as an errant boater teed off on my stern pulpit in the slip so I can upgrade and repair that soon.too. I was lucky enough to inherit a newer Furlex roller furler but I singlehand the boat with my dachshunds so that and an auto tiller are a must. As stated every sailor's needs and every sailboat is different so hope you're able to have your new boat ready by next spring and a good teacher would help learning the ropes!
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Re: I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question

ahab211 My Cat 27 was in salt water all of its life. That probably added to the condition. Plus, I bought it on a bank repo sale, so who knows if ANYONE had done much maintenance. rich
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Re: I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question

At epoxyworks.com find and read the article on "Replacing damaged bulkheads". It'll start you in the right direction on the chain plates
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ahab211 My Cat 27 was in salt water all of its life. That probably added to the condition. Plus, I bought it on a bank repo sale, so who knows if ANYONE had done much maintenance. rich
Sorry for the error.
I missed a digit - corrected now. Rare for a chainplate to fail that quickly (12 years) from corrosion, may have been flawed from new.

I replaced my main chainplates after 36 years but after pulling the originals they still looked good with no visible corrosion. New ones are longer with an additional bolt through the bulkhead and 316 as I bought the raw stock and had my welder finish them for me.
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Re: I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question

So how come something can last30/40 years with no issues and you replace it with new and the quality sucks and you now have to replace every 10 to 15 years?

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I had to pull the plates to check them. Replaced with 316 as I doubt the originals were 316 - most likely 304. 316 is slightly weaker than 304 and a longer 3 bolt plate costs virtually no more than the original 2 bolt plate. Added risers on deck so there will never be a puddle of water around the base so the plate had to rise higher above the deck, therefore had to be longer even if I kept to the 2 bolt
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I think the new chainplates will last at least as long as the originals, but I won't.
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I think the new chainplates will last at least as long as the originals, but I won't.
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Re: I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question

If they do last as long as the originals I will be 97. On the other hand my mother is a fairly healthy 93.
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