I am in the process of removing the chainplates on my new-to-me Tayana 37
. It is a 1987, hull
#500, and I am beginning to suspect that the chainplates have never been removed/rebedded. And I already knew they were original to the boat.
Anyway, today I started in on the project
and removed the starboard aft chainplate in about ten minutes. Wow, I thought, removal
will be fairly simply. Not so fast, of course. With both the middle and forward starboard chainplates, I was able to get them free of the 5200, but there was not enough play to get them off the bolts that come out of the knees. Pulling as hard as I can, the middle chainplate is within a fraction of an inch of clearing the top-most bolt. With the forward chainplate, I can hardly even move it at all there is so little wiggle room.
Has anyone dealt with this before? The only solution I can come up with is to cut away some of the deck
, which not only sounds overly aggressive, but also seems nearly impossible considering I would need to cut away from the outboard
side of where the plate passes through the deck
, which is not accessible because of the bulwarks. So, that is not really much of a solution.
I already posted to the Tayana owners group earlier today but have received no responses yet. And I went through all the old messages and files on the TOG; nobody has ever mentioned having difficulty getting the plates off the bolts, making me think I am missing something obvious.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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