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post #3 of Old 09-16-2008
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Some rigging shops do have metal fabrication capabilities, and while you could go to a generalist metal shop, the rigger will likely have a better sense of the requirements for the finished piece. I have used Chesapeake Rigging in Annapolis to fabricate new chainplates and and a new stem fitting for my boat. I have been generally impressed with their work.

I used a local welder to make up some new special bases for my stern pulpit that double as the mounting points for some turning blocks; while the latter pieces are OK, the finish was not polished at all, and I suspect there may be some weak spots that could be prone to crevice corrosion in the future...

Peterson 34 GREYHAWK, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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