Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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Re: Replacing Chainplates on the Water
I replaced all of our chainplates and had them done at a machine shop. All of them were just a wee bit different requiring each one to be made individually and numbered so they went back in the right spot. PITA. You may have to settle on different dimensions of the raw SS 316 stock than the original (we went up in width and thickness, but milled some down so they would fit in some places), not all dimensions are available. Finding a shop that will polish them was tough, and not cheap, you might want to check on that too. Bedding compound- 3M5200 does NOT stick to mirror polished SS, I think I would try butyl from Mainesail if I had to do it over (and I will unfortunately). You should also use this opportunity to pot the chainplate holes in the deck if it's balsa cored.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse
Last edited by jrd22; 05-02-2012 at 01:50 AM.