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Welded chain plates!??!

I took a good look at the chainplates today, for the first time. I have two on each side for shrouds. One has two shrouds going to the same tang and the other has just one.

The one that has just one shroud has the chain plate welded to the metal tang that the shroud connects to. It looks like it used to not be welded, since I can see hints of the opening that used to be there.

I'll post the pics when i get them off my phone. Why would someone do this? Is there a reason for it? I can't see how I could bed them like this. i will have to remove the entire tang. It is secured with a turnbuckle below deck. I can probably replace the whole thing, if I can find matching parts.

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Use a dremel tool and carefully cut the weld away from the chainplate. Obviously you don't want to touch the chainplate it'self, but only grind the weld from the tang. When you get close, you can take a sharp chisel and break the weld loose. You can then lift the tang, and bed the chainplate without taking it loose.
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Use a dremel tool and carefully cut the weld away from the chainplate. Obviously you don't want to touch the chainplate it'self, but only grind the weld from the tang. When you get close, you can take a sharp chisel and break the weld loose. You can then lift the tang, and bed the chainplate without taking it loose.
Thanks! That's exactly what I was thinking of doing. I figure if I screw it up I can always replace the hardware then, so I'll do it after haul out.

I am thinking this is something more easily done with the mast down. I was planning to leave it up this winter but now I am thinking I'll take it down so I can get this project done.

If I do end up needing to replace the hardware, are there any suggestions on where I might find it?
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Sounds to me like someone had to replace a shroud but the new one was too short so they welded a tab onto the chainplate to make up the difference.I've seen it done at our club..
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Sounds to me like someone had to replace a shroud but the new one was too short so they welded a tab onto the chainplate to make up the difference.I've seen it done at our club..
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Maybe, I'll check again. I have some pics and as soon as I get them off my phone I'll post them.
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It is best to have chainplates of a single piece of machined stock, rather than welded up... welds are far more likely to have corrosion problems and become points of failure on a chainplate.

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