Gord, the wx here has been so wonderful that I have no inclination to go look at that chainplate right now. But I suspect it doesn't meet your perfect design constraints, particularly for a high spot on the deck
. In fact I was thinking of gasketing it with a 1/4" of neoprene or something denser and more substantial cover plate, so that even if the filler released there would still be a compression gasket
I think most production boats hog their decks somewhat in rough weather
, and also in-vs-out of the water
, so the deck
will normally be working up and down a bit relative to the chainplate. Ah, the imperfect world.<G>
Pun-pun, chainplates outside of the hull
have similar and different problems. No through-deck penetration but they still penetrate the hull
and yes, those bolts are noted for leaking if not maintained.
"it seems that every one she points out is beyond reach for me," One day I was able to overhear part of a conversation between Him, Her, and the poor Salesman at a boat show
. Regarding a pricey trawler
, HE says "Well, Honey, this one has a bath tub in the aft stateroom, just like you wanted." SHE says "Yes, but does it come in pickled oak?" SALESMAN just rolls his eyes and moans for his aching feet.<G> Thank you wife for wanting such an expensive boat & ask her to help you find the ways to attain it.<G>
DeepFrz's idea of integral cast (well, retrofit anyway) chainplates is interesting but I don't know that many of us would trust a retrofit epoxied joint with that role. And it still leaves the chainplates OUTboard
, which creates problems with the sheeting angle, which is why so many of them are inboard and create leakage problems instead.