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Re: Chainplate reinforcement vs beefing up the deck
My "new to me boat", 1983, 28 ft O'Day has a very similar problem to Tafa's posted pic, however, my boat DOES have a backing plate and I do not see any visual cracking in the glass from the inside. My boat does have the lower back shroud anchored with a rod through the boat to a bulkhead behind the settee. However, the lower front shroud is only thru-bolted to the top deck with a backing plate. When I bought the boat the captain I hired to transport the boat with me (a situation that allowed me to get familiar with my boat in big waters and a 200 nm trip) tightened the shrouds too tight and caused a "canning effect". Is the front shroud important enough to pay to have a "strapping" created, perhaps mounting an exterior strapping thru the hull or.....beefing up the top deck from the inside and increase the size of the backing plate? Thoughts? We want to be safe but we don't want this project to out-cost the cost of the re-sale of the boat in the future. Sorry, no pics, the boat is 5 hrs away, shrink wrapped with snow.