Ok, after advice received here, I have taken the time to inspect my chainplates. Looks like all stainless, all hardware
matches (no odd ball fasteners) nothing bent, no cracks in the deck
, no soft spots around the chain plates.
I then found the undersides of the chainplates in the V-berth's overhead for the shrouds and the forestay. Again, dry, no cracks, no soft spots and all of the hardware
matching and undamaged. No evidence that water
has ever leaked by or around the hardware.
I can't quite get my head
in position to see the underside of the backstay. the outboard engine
sits in a well and it's in the way.
There are no broken strands in the rigging
. I believe it was replaced in the last few years.
I've been working down below, in the cabin
on the boat in 25-30kt winds and I don't seem to experience the "pumping" others have mentioned so I'd like to believe that the rigging
is at least somewhat in-tune.
Have I given attention to the proper items or am I not looking for the right symptoms of potential failure? Hm..now that I type this, I think I should look at the turnbuckles again...