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Good chainplates, made of 316L Stainless Steel, should be fine for a long time. One problem that is fairly common is when 304 Stainless was used, since it is far more prone to crevice corrosion issues. Another common cause of problems is when the chain plates are encapsulated in fiberglass and the sealant at the deck goes bad, allowing water into the fiberglass surrounding the chainplate. The water leads to crevice corrosion. 304 is also prone to chloride ion stress cracking.
Galvanized steel was used previously, but has issues. While galvanized steel will generally give warning prior to failure, which stainless steel often will not, it takes more work to keep it in good condition, and will often bleed rust on to the surrounding boat.
[QUOTE=elkscout;575837]I've read about chainplates and associated hardware corroding from saltwater and how one type of stainless steel is more resistant than another, and they appear to be the foundation for a boat's rigging. Just like the foundation of a house, it's pertinent to have a strong "healthy" one.
So, are there such things as
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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