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Perhaps I am seein something different. Mainsail, I don't know this boat, so correct me where I am wrong.
It looks to me like they doubled the stainless (welded a second layer and then ground it away) where the pin goes through. Not great practice, but probably factory. Then, the strap continues down over the bow in one continuous strip. I see no cracks in the strip, just some misalighnment problems. Clearly, they didn't get the forestay angle wrong.
The thinning is a little concerning. It looks like the workman did a bit too much grinding. But if there are no cracks in the continuous strip, that's a good sign.
I would re-weld the cracks to prevent continuing flexing and I would not wait. It's going to be $$$. It is toggled.
Pleanty of folks replace chainplates if they are unsure and expect some heavy work. I would certainly do that before sailing in really tough conditions. Perhaps a simple fix would be a new plate that was simply full thickness.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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Last edited by pdqaltair; 04-01-2011 at 11:08 AM.