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Where did you get new chainplates?
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Thank you for the info- I will check Latitude 38 out- Also Thanks again Saildog for the tip I am checking with the Columbia boat owners for a copy of the specs and owners manual! Ken
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Where did you get new chainplates?
Svendsen's in Alameda has a top notch metal shop. I have used them before and have been very satisfied. Just take them an old chainplate as a sample of what you want.
http://www.svendsens.com/metalworks/
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Thanks Gene! Thats the info I needed! I'm on it! I'll get all new plates then replace all the rigging.Thanks Ken.
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Thank you for the info- I will check Latitude 38 out- Also Thanks again Saildog for the tip I am checking with the Columbia boat owners for a copy of the specs and owners manual! Ken
Don't make the mistake of assuming that measurements you get from a spec. sheet will work for your boat.
Measure or remove the wires from your boat before you remake them or have them made.
Svendsen's has a good reputation. You could pull right up to their dock for the inspection also.
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Knothead has a good point. Your boat may have been altered a bit from the standard setup, so the rig may or may not be the same length as the specifications. I've seen masts that were longer or shorter than the original put on a boat....and given the age of your boat, a lot could have happened to change the rigging measurements.
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Well I was going to remove the chain plates one at a time?And check them for corrosion then buy cable and new hardware with the proper crimping tool and cut and replace each cable the same length as the old one ,one at a time. I wasn't sure if I could remove all the shroud lines at the same time even being dockside if that was wise and being a Columbia my mast does not run through the cabin to the keel.
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I wouldn't used crimped ends, as nicopress ends really aren't suitable for what you'll be doing. What you need to use, for ease of installation and longevity, are Stay-Loc connectors or something similar.

You should probably unstep the mast, and inspect everything and replace most of the hardware, which is probably shot, given that one piece has already broken. Leaving the mast up is risking having it go over—if some of the rigging is weak, and decides to give way when you loosen the adjoining rigging to inspect it.

I would also have someone inspect the fittings on the mast very, very carefully, as they'll probably need to be replaced as well.
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Well I was going to remove the chain plates one at a time?And check them for corrosion then buy cable and new hardware with the proper crimping tool and cut and replace each cable the same length as the old one ,one at a time. I wasn't sure if I could remove all the shroud lines at the same time even being dockside if that was wise and being a Columbia my mast does not run through the cabin to the keel.

My sweetie says: "pull the @#$%#$%ing spar and check EVERYTHING, dont try to do this on the cheap"

I believe him, he know what he's doing, having worked on rigging boats for over 30 years.

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SoK
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Well I spoke with Svendsens Marine in length- They said I can get away with pulling the two front chainplates in pairs, have them inspected-reinstall or replaced, then do the two aft ones same drill without fear of losing the mast. Then I will take the boat to them and have them inspect the rest of the rigging for a couple hundred bucks and see what else would need replacing. So that is my plan starting after this weekend. Thank you all for the help since this is my first sail boat I am getting an education!
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