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Chainplate pulling away from hull

I have a 1971 Paceship Northwind 29''. The port chainplate is pulling away from the fiberglass about 1/2 inch. The glass doesn''t seem to be cracking yet so I am wondering how the chainplate is attached inside the cabin panels . I.E. - a bolt with a nut that could be tightened? The spreaders seem to be pulling the shrouds out away from the hull. Is this normal or are they possibly too wide for the boat?
Appreciate any info - Joe
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Chainplate pulling away from hull

While it''s possible tthe spreaders are too wide for the boat, you can figure that out by measuring them, and it;s not likely a rigger would do that. Two other things are more likely. One, if your starboard shrouds are adjusted to be too long, the mast could be out of plumb port/starbboard. This could tend to be pulling the chainplate away from the hull. You would probably notice this at the dock, however, since the mast would be leaning over towards the side of the boat. An even more likely scenario would be that something caught on the shroud or chainplate in a docking maneuver, and bent or pulled it out. If it''s only bent - if it hasn''t started the bolt or whatever attaches it to the hull,-you may be able to simply bend it back, and it will be fine. Otherwise you will have to find out how it''s attached and go in & fix it.
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