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Titanium chain plates!

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!

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Re: Titanium chain plates!

I just pulled my original 51 year old plates, and I am going the same route...I tried contacting Allied Titanium via email, since they have made chainplates for others with my same boat since they have the specs already(only 50 or so boats made). No luck yet, I might have to call them. They seem to have a ton of boats already on file.

Other than that, try a local to you shop, and ask for grade 5 Ti.
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Alliedtitanium.com us one source
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Re: Titanium chain plates!

Your current (old)chainplates lasted 40 years. Titanium will last 150? Overkill? You might get better value from new winches. Or even just winch handles. Will the lighter fittings impact your PHRF rating?
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Imo...the value of going Ti is realized later when selling the boot.
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Re: Titanium chain plates!

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Imo...the value of going Ti is realized later when selling the boot.
So you gold-plate the faucets for the same reason? This is a 40 year-old boat. Is a buyer going to melt down the chainplates so he can sell the metal? Will the broker even know to tell potential buyers that they're "special" chainplates? How much more will the boat be worth when it's sold in 10 years? If the existing chainplates had proved deficient in any way, (corrosion, fissures, wear...) going with titanium might provide peace of mind. Unless the cost differential is minimal, (which it doesn't seem to be, given that most chainplates are NOT titanium) it doesn't make much sense here. Titanium will certainly work, and may provide a cockpit discussion point, but there are other items that might have a better ROI.
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I just pulled my original 51 year old plates, and I am going the same route...I tried contacting Allied Titanium via email, since they have made chainplates for others with my same boat since they have the specs already(only 50 or so boats made). No luck yet, I might have to call them. They seem to have a ton of boats already on file.

Other than that, try a local to you shop, and ask for grade 5 Ti.
Have you heard anything back? Also any idea about how much they will run?
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Re: Titanium chain plates!

I want some Titanium or some really good 316 stainless. I was told that stainless nowadays is not the same quality as the stuff they put on my boat. Any Idea of a company that uses really good steel?
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there is no difference between 316 today and that of years ago the difference is in the type of 316 SS and surface treatment that is selected for the application. here is a good short explanation of the two most common type of 316 SS. if you want to be sure what you are getting then ask for the MTR's (material test reports) with the metal you are buying. if you want corrosion resistance then the part needs to be passivated after fabrication, this removes the free iron from the surface and creates the passive layer of chromium oxide on the surface that makes the SS more corrosion resistant. a very fine polish and electropolishing also help because it make the surface less likely to hold moisture on the surface so the chlorides can not attack the metal. passivation is always done as the last step in the finishing process.
https://www.thebalance.com/type-316-...-steel-2340262
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Re: Titanium chain plates!

Seems to me that if stainless lasted 40 years, you could just replace with stainless.

Titanium is pretty spendy.

And sure, people will be impressed when it's time to sell it, but they're not going to pay more for the boat because of it.
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