Just replaced chainplates
For anyone else out there considering the inspection or replacing of their chainplates, I just took the leap and did this myself. I did a post on my blog if anyone is interested, and would be happy to elaborate if there are any questions. A straightforward project, for sure, and yet one that gives enormous peace of mind.
Stories of Aeolus- Our Gulf 32 Pilothouse: New Chainplates!
And FWIW, I should say here that I do not make any $ on my blog. It exists purely for informational and family purposes.:)
So shiny! So new!
Glad to see that your chain plates are fastened on the outside surface of a knee wall or bulkhead. Assuming the knee wall or bulkhead is solid you should have more faith in your rig.
On my old boat the chain plates are glassed into a knee wall and once moisture gets in there even the stainless steel bolts rust. When I replace mine it will be with the chain plates mounted outside as yours are.
Good point. I've seen posts by people with glassed in chainplates and it just seems dreadful. Anything you can't visually inspect is a recipe for problems. The bulkheads on the Gulf 32 are about 1/2" teak and are bolted around the hull into a lip of glass that was formed for the purpose. This allows me to check the condition of the bolts, and the wood, around these areas.
When I tension my shrouds down you can hear the bulkheads creek just a bit, sort of adjusting to the forces on them. I have absolutely no concern whatsoever about the integrity or ultimate strength of the bulkhead portion of the system, and so that is a good thing.
Good luck with your plates when you tackle them!
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