Thanks for the heads up Ciabi.
re. your (RE: Lag bolts vs studs. The lag bolts can be about 3" before touching the hull.) I've never seen chainplates on a serious boat installed with just LAGS (though I haven't gone looking either). I would NOT do it. In addition to what's been said, if there is any wiggling at all of the threaded ends of the lag, then it begins the *out of balance* loading of the bolt; which would lead to more movement, etc. I have lost
before and it's not something you want to take any chances with.
Regarding the look of the hull; I've always liked the look of the Pacific Seacraft(s) and I have thought, if I bored mine out, I would go that route
Regarding your hole patterns and the Schaffers; I would not use them. Rather, I would either get some rough stock stainless of appropriate size and make them ( I have done this, not too difficult); or take the old to a quality shop and have them do it -- matching the hole pattern. I don't like the sound of extra holes, even if the old ones are plugged with epoxy
. Epoxy does fail. There is really no need to drill the extra holes, when you have some already.
I have looked at the lags inside the boat and wondered why they are there. It's sort of an odd installation
. They look a little smaller than the main bolts. IMHO, they may have been added to *pull* the chainplate more flush with the hull, or as an after thought for added strength. With the proper bend in the plate, I believe I would drill out one of the lag holes and add an additional through-bolt (making a total of 3).
Mind you, I don't have the project
up on my to-do list yet; and with your observations, I might not. But, if we see you cruising around the Puget Sound, I promise not to laugh at the SS bolt heads on your hull. Instead, I might gaze in envy!
BTW, I did look at another RW up here, which sailed back from Hawaii
and he added external plates.
All the best. Keep me posted. And, if you have a pic of that bolt hole, I'd love to see it, Ira
Let's see if I can find a picture: