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Question Dana 24 Chainplate replacement

I still haven't decided on what cruising boat that I want to buy for my retirement. Part of the reason is that we (wife and I) haven't decided if we will be doing short-term or long-term cruising. Thus, I currently have several Pacific Seacraft boats on the potential list, including the 24, 31, and 34.

In the interim, I still trying to find out as much as I can about these boats. I do know, that at 25+ years it is definitely is time to think about replacement of the chainplates and the tanks.

Thus, it leads me to point of this question, "Has anyone replaced the chainplates on their Dana 24?" I guess that I'm not really to concerned with the chainplates themselves, but the access to the interior plates and nuts in the cabin.

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Re: Dana 24 Chainplate replacement

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I still haven't decided on what cruising boat that I want to buy for my retirement. Part of the reason is that we (wife and I) haven't decided if we will be doing short-term or long-term cruising. Thus, I currently have several Pacific Seacraft boats on the potential list, including the 24, 31, and 34.

In the interim, I still trying to find out as much as I can about these boats. I do know, that at 25+ years it is definitely is time to think about replacement of the chainplates and the tanks.

Thus, it leads me to point of this question, "Has anyone replaced the chainplates on their Dana 24?" I guess that I'm not really to concerned with the chainplates themselves, but the access to the interior plates and nuts in the cabin.

Thanks for any insights,

Jim
Put your mind at ease Jim then consider a Nor'sea 27. External chain plates, 8 foot beam so it can be transported without permits, several have gone round the world and many more have crossed oceans. Very comfortable for two.

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Re: Dana 24 Chainplate replacement

While not a Dana 24, I have replaced the shroud chainplates on my PSC 34. From the photo below the external arrangement of your Crealock designed boat looks similar to mine. I saw the small branched cracks of chloride induced stress corrosion cracking when I was polishing the chainplates at an annual haul out. Pacific Seacraft in Washington, NC supplied the 316ss replacements. I replaced the original 304ss bolts, nuts, and washers with 316ss from McMaster-Carr. I did not replace the interior backing plates. I had to peel back some "monkey fur" carpet in places then re-glue it, and I had to pop out a few teak plugs before removing some interior teak slats then insert new teak plugs and do a little patch varnishing to put things back. It was more than a weekend project, frustrating at times, but not difficult.


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