Since my rigging
is probably original and before undertaking any serious offshore
travel I've been thinking for a while to put the chain plates outside while updating the rigging
. Asked a friend who is a naval architect and a boat builder
and he recommended this as well. Says since I am not racing
the loss of performance would be more than offset by the benefits of no leaks
through the deck
, less obstacles on my way to the bow as well as being able to see the plates. Been procrastinating with this project
even though the logistics are fairly easy as the access to the plates is very good and the job looks very straightforward.
Could never understand why the designers put the chain plates in the middle of the deck
walk through. This IMO is the worst place for them. Either do the racing
version and stick them to the doghouse or do the cruising one to the outside topsides. This middle of the road approach is neither here nor there and makes for frustrating trips to the bow on any under 40' boat.