Hello, I might have posted long ago on the subject, I don't remember...
Anyway, my chainplates have come to haunt me once again. They are glassed onto the hull
from the inside and I'm slowly pushing the project
of moving them outboard
I thought a lot about it and bounced ideas and felt that it would be easier to drill through the old ones so in preparation I sanded an area 8''x4.5'' on one of them and built up the area with glass and epoxy
untill the whole area was essentially flush. My project
was to then drill (or have someone drill) four holes for the chainplate which would be bolted through the old ones and through a glued G10 plate that would occupy the flattened area.
Now I have a doubt... Is this a bad idea? Is it a terrible idea? Should I have pulled the chainplate out instead? Should I just use an angle grinder and grind through the middle until enough of the steel
is gone before reglassing and easilly drill? How hard would it be to drill through 1/8th stainless steel
? I asked the yard manager and he didn't like the idea. He said it would be a giant undertaking to do that. Of course he didn't take a look at the boat either... it's a columbia29 by the way...
I get the feeling from those guys that my boat is this piece of trash that I should consider dumping if I needed to do anything major to it... but it sails
dammit and I like to sail!! I don't want to junk it nor to I want to buy a boat again.
Any thoughts? I was up working until 3am last night. I'm tired and a little overwhelmed.