I am seriously looking at purchasing
a Miller 44. One thing came up in the quick inspection
(pre-survey) and that is the chainplates. They are original so are highly suspect due to the boat
being built in 1980. The main problem in my mind is that they are bonded into the inside fiberglass
of the hull
These penetrate at the far edge of the toe rail, so my thinking is leave the existing ones in place and use them as a backer plate for a new, externally mounted and through bolted chain plate
. The rig geometry shouldn't change much (only move the plates out around an inch or so).
Any thoughts? Am I nuts?
Attached is a photo
of one of the chainplates, you can see the rust streak and surface corrosion