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I have already replaced the chain plates for all 4 lower stays with external plates made specifically for island packet boats. They are incredibly beefy and are bolted through the ss bar which is glassed inside the hull during manufacturing process. But itís a very expensive fix. The plates alone are about $500 each. And drilling 7/8Ē holes in 1/4Ē ss bar is no joke.
How's the project going?

Can you disclose your source for the external chainplates (lower stays)? Did you end up cutting the liner to gain access to the back of the chainplates? Sounds like you left to old plates in place...no rust on them?

We're looking at an 86 IP38 that needs new standing rigging and presumably chainplates. I'll probably start with the lower stays like you did.

How did the connection at the mast look? Is it a lug welded to the mast or ss plates?

Best wishes on completing your project. Are you intending to keep and sail said vessel or place it on the market shortly?
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The plates were made by Chainplates Express in Texas. Yes, liner had to be cut in all but one spot, where it was flush against the hull. We put the backing plate over the liner there. Starboard forward. The forward plates back out inside the cupboards so I didnít dress up these two. The aft plates back out in the salon and I had 2 boxes made to hide the bolts and backing plate. Overall it came out really good. I left the old plates in place. I will use the forward ones to hook up my boom preventer. They are not in a way so I could not bring myself to cutting them. You never know what you might need.
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The connection of stays to the mast are very good. The rigger was happy with their condition. The lower stays go on lugs integral to the mast. The upper back stays connect to a ss plate. The upper side stays connect inside the mast somehow, not sure exactly how. Itís an Isomat mast. The old chain plates showed no sign of rust and no cracks. I hope to sail this boat for some time but I also thought it may be too big and expensive for me to keep. I try to keep an open mind about it.
Iím currently working on finishing the cap rail and rub rail. My carpenter quit after l asked him for some real progress in exchange for the money I was throwing at him. I couldnít find anyone to do it so Iím doing it myself. Itís almost done. Will finish laying the last pieces today and tomorrow. If weather allows, of course. We had a lot of rain here. Then I will sand, fair, and varnish or paint the rails. My cockpit railing is almost done. Next week I will be installing a rigid bimini with solar panels on top. I have room for about 400 watts of panels but I will start with 200. I am still waiting for my wind generator tower to be made. Hopefully next week as well.
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If you want to take a look at the chain plates I replaced, you are welcome to stop by. Iím in Pensacola and will be here till early May for sure.
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Finally finished the solar panel installation. 400 watts total.
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That should be enough to keep the beer cold and the autopilot running!
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Yes, on a clear sunny day I am getting 30 amps from them. During the day I hope to use my electric rice cooker to save propane. My controller turns the panels off when batteries are full, so there will be extra power when on anchor.
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Yes, on a clear sunny day I am getting 30 amps from them. During the day I hope to use my electric rice cooker to save propane. My controller turns the panels off when batteries are full, so there will be extra power when on anchor.
From where in your system are you reading the 30 amps?

When full, you probably have more than a years worth of propane...?
I get about 64 meals per gal of propane.
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From where in your system are you reading the 30 amps?

When full, you probably have more than a years worth of propane...?
I get about 64 meals per gal of propane.
The amps reading is from the controller. It shows how much the panels are making. I have about 3 gallons of propane in my two small bottles plus another 3 in the backup tank. But solar is free and the rice cooker only draws about one amp. Iím quite happy with that setup.

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Re: Island Packet 35

I could be wrong..again..but i dont think its possible to get 30 amps from 400w .

Should be closer to 20..max.
Imo, 15 would be happy territory
Maybe check output at the panels..if you are curious.

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What is the voltage of the panels?

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