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My boat also has the chainplates inbedded into the hull.I cutoff the chainplate and drilled through from the outside moving the chainplate to the exterior of the hull,1 inch from their original position.I then used flat stock and bolted that on the outside through the plate that was inbedded.There was some corrosion 1/64, that i seen when i drilled through,so i`ll be good to go.It also is a 40 year old boat.As for professionals,become one yourself,learn about your boat if you are going to sail old yachts.It`s like owning a classic car and taking it to a mechanic to be fixed,you would be broke and still not know anything when your done.When i`m finnished with a boat it`s overbuilt and i like it that way,it`s your butt out there not theirs so that will give you even more incentive to make it strong.If these proffesionals were really that we would not be fixing some of these ridiculous problems that every boat has.BTW if anyone thinks that grinding a piece 3 feet long and 1 foot high half way through the side of a hull to remove the old chainplate would be a good start,forget it.I would just glass in another plate to the inside of that and bolt through the whole mess.
Last edited by dman; 08-20-2006 at 07:07 PM.