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Chainplate Replacement CSY44
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:08:20 pm »
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Chain Plates – To do or not to do – that is the question, that is the question, that is the question!

When I bought Beaujolais (44WO #186 Nov ’79) in 2005, I had read about the chain plate issue on the forum and therefore inspected them closely; well, as closely as anyone can visually get to their somewhat concealed locations behind lockers and wonderfully finished woodwork.

They looked okay. Yes, there was rust but it looked to be only superficial. The previous owner assured me that the signs of damp in the lockers were from historical issues and that the boat was now dry.

For four years, during both Laying Up and Fitting Out, I twisted my body into the most unimaginable and certainly not alluring positions in order to get my mirror-on-a-rod, torch beam and eye all in conjunction to look at that top bolt, tang welds and the bottom six bolts.

Every year, all looked pretty much the same. The lockers were still wet, re-sealing the tangs as they passed through the cap rail made the predictable ‘no difference at all’. But and this is really important, they still looked to be ok, structurally!

In January this year (’09), I did my regular Fitting Out checks and again, all looked ok. We then cruised from Guatemala’s Rio Dulce via Honduras to Columbia, on to the San Blas and finally Bocoas Del Toro in Panama where we laid her up.

And now the story really starts. During the Laying Up process, I noticed a small crack on the tang of the portside cap (masthead) shroud chain plate. I looked again, and again and yet again but I finally had to accept that it really did look as if it was cracked and no amount of looking would change that fact.

I went back to the Forum archives, read Ron’s (Memory Rose), Dave’s (Soggypaws) and other reports and reluctantly accepted that the answer to the big question was definitely yes, To do!

Conversations with both Dave and Ron were very helpful and put me in contact with Rick Heim of

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Chainplate Replacement CSY44
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010, 12:04:25 pm »
Nicely done, Roger.
Soggy Paws the CSY has been sold but not forgotten!