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I would love to do the external chain plates! however here are the problems I see with that.
Delicia wrote: Once again I seem to be the contrarian view here. But for what its worth. If I were faced with this problem I would go the external chain plate route - Cheaper, easily inspected, less interior work, and could be made as strong as you want. Also at resale time there is not dispute about their condition. Anyone buy in a used IP is going to be alarmed by all this chain plate chatter. Furthermore, I don't believe that they all need to be done on boats earlier than 1997. It depends on how well they have been maintained. ( Hayden had his done, they were good, his IP is a 1995 and he said that he had not done any real maintenance). If the boat has spent a lot of time in fresh, cold, or brackish water, it is less likely that they are damaged. Also, they can be inspected with a fiber optic camera by drilling some small holes in the teak interior. They can be inspected all the way thru the deck from the top by digging out all the packing and opening the cap rail bit.
One of most frustrating things about our website here is lack of ability to find photos. They should be attached to the members profile page. I tried the Google search, browsing etc.
cj wrote: I have an IP 31 and did the chain plate replacement myself about 1 1/2 years ago. I ordered the new plates made of 316 SS from Chain Plate Express in Texas. I had them made individually made instead of the original design, I saw no reason to tie 3 chain plates together with a long crossbar, price was less than 50% of what IP wanted for the chain plate kit. I did get the FG strands and sealant from IP. It's a labor intensive, time consuming job, that's why they want 10K, but it's doable. I documented it with pictures the on the Home Port website. I haven't been on this forum for some time, hence the late post on this topic.
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