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chainplate relocation help! (old ones FIBERGLASSED IN!)
On my new to me hurley 22, the chainplates are fiberglassed over on the inside of the hull. Two of these are leaking. I have concerns that the others may be sitting in a nice fiberglass cup of water corroding away.
As I understand, the usual approach is to grind off the fiberglass covering the chainplates in order to unbolt and replace.
I have a different idea and would like opinions--
Can I simply cut of the tops of the old chainplates fill the holes in the deck with epoxy. Then, install new chain plates immediately next to (either fore or aft of) the old chainplates. Would this relocation by an inch or two adversely impact the integrity of my standing rigging. My hope is such a slight change shouldn't matter much? Opinions/advice appreciated