Originally Posted by Eric and Jean
We are in the process of buying
a CSY 37
in need of new chainplates. We are thinking about replacing them with exterior plates. We would appreciate any input.
I'm afraid this is one case where I don't understand the logic. The chainplates are what, 30 to 40 years old, but you want to re-locate them, presumably due to a fear of unseen crevice corrosion
. Would you say they have had an unreasonably short life, then?
On my Bristol the plates are fixed to massive bulkheads and you could not reasonably reinforce the hull to an equivalent strength.
Just re-install new ones in place of the old ones, where the boat's designer meant them to be, and "only" get another 30 to 40 years of life.