"Nubile Southern Sailor"
Join Date: Sep 2013
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Re: moving chain plates
well you can, but you have to be smart...if your hull is cored and is flexy(this used to be something I did to boats while dock walking, tap tap or push) and or is simply soft like a lot of plastic flyers in the 80, 90s then you could benefit from reinforcment...
your ranger 33 is a nice racer cruiser but I cant remember where your plates are...I had a friend in fl who had one
if going outboard you can bend a new t-shaped backing plate on the inside...
you can create a strengthened knee
you can layup some plywood and stringers
you can add a mini bulkhead if space is available
you can add a permanent stay inside if the angle is available
hiring a NA? you must be kidding...$$$ unless he is your brother have a nice day...
there are plenty of books on boatbuilding, restoration and riggers apprentice type books that go massively into detail on how to make modifications and fixes without detroying structural integrity, more often then not improving over stock.
other sources like james baldwin´s atom voyages site are also good as they are real world mod sites that show how beefing up certain parts of production boats make them better for intended purposes...
another good site is jean du sud site of his alberg 30
does your boat have 1, or 2 or 3 plates per side?
Im reinforcing my aft lowers on my islander 36 as we speak as this is an issue with some islanders, with inner stays(cheap galvanised wire and eyes) and beefed up deck underside...