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Old 10-12-2009, 13:32   #1
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Privilege 435 - Help Needed

Firstly, please accept my apologies. I have recently purchased a damaged Privilege 435 and am in the process of refitting it. I have never sailed before and do not know all the correct terms, so please forgive my ignorance.

Question; The standing rigging comes to the side of each hull where it attaches to a mental plate amidships which is bolted to the side of the hull. This plate is about a foot high, 3/4" thick and sticks up past the side of the hull by a few inches. On my boat, both plates are slightly bent inwards and I cannot find out if it was made this way or if they were bent when my boat lost it's mast at sea. The bend has not even cracked the chrome coating. Are there any Privilege owners out there that can tell me whether or not these plates should be straight? It's going to be quite a job to unbolt them, but once I have done this, getting them straightened shouldn't prove to be too difficult. (If they have been bent; it must have been some serious forces pulling on them).

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David
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Old 10-12-2009, 13:54   #2
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David,
Don't straighten them, they are supposed to be bent so that they are in line with the shroud that goes up to the mast head. They are stainless steel BTW, not chrome plated.
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Yep, the chainplates are supposed to be like that...
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You say the boat was dismasted while at sea?might be a good idea to get those chainplates thoroughly checked by an expert, who knows what sort of forces were exerted on them that they weren't designed for but no they're not meant to be straight.
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Thanks guys; I appreciate your help. One less thing to do on my list.
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