Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Re: I bought my first boat.. now i have a million question
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
I think the new chainplates will last at least as long as the originals, but I won't.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour