Hello, I pulled all my original 40-year-old chain plates and they look good. Was thinking about replacing them regardless because of their age. I would like to use Titanium as it was suggested to me by a more experienced salt. Wondering if any of you all have gone that route and where can I have these made since I have no idea!
You ask a good question.
After culling out the responses that flat out ignored your question there is left only only cost and availability. I would change from SS to Ti for any future chainplates needed for my '88 boat. Given that SS has a predilection for cracks and/or corrosion in some wet conditions, and that this can happen more quickly - or slowly - and not with any certainty, I would rather tilt the odds in my favor with the better metal for the application.
I used to see quotes that Ti was about 25% more expensive, but you would need current information to know how or whether to budget for it.
(About a decade ago, I bought some Ti spinnaker shackles for around $35/each, or less than SS shackles. It pays to shop around, as they say.)
If going with SS, I would only get a quote from a vendor with deep roots in the sailing world, like Garhauer. They have the best experience and knowledge about alloys and surface finishing.
This is something that most of us will only do once in our time of boat ownership, so (up to a point) it just does not pay to cheap out.
An extreme example, perhaps, but I recall that when brand new all of the low-quality SS fittings used in the 70's Choy Lee boats looked just as lovely and shiny as the metal from the higher-quality builders. By Year Ten, not so much.
Choose Wisely, as the Knight told Indy........