Re: Forward mainstay chainplate
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Hi Kent. I would say this was caused by some external pressure from another source such as a dock or another boat or ???. The chainplate displaced the dimpled gel coat crescent so I would make sure that the chain plate is still flat and not distorted in any way. If it is, it would be best to replace it. The radiating hairline cracks reinforce my opinion of a shock loading coming from an external source. Sound this area with a small phenolic hammer and compare the ‘tone’ to the same spot on the other side of the boat. If it sounds the same, the cracks are more due to old embrittled gel coat than destructive shock. I would also pay close attention to where the chain plate is fastened to the hull. Any signs of distortion or gel coat crazing would suggest unbolting the chainplate for more inspection of the actual area where the bolt goes into the hull. I doubt if this will be the case but have a look at the gel coat around the chain plate just to be safe.
While hard to perfectly diagnose something like this from afar, my best guesstimate is that you have nothing to worry about. Do the checks. Keep your eye on it while sailing in strong breeze and if there is nothing abnormal, check it again from time to time.
Can’t believe the hurricane named Henri’ is heading towards Long Island, New England and maybe Down East. I have several neighbors who summer up in New England and Maine who now wonder where they must go to escape tropical weather. We are used to sleeping with one eye open all hurricane season as we still have stuff to restore from IRMA that clobbered us on my birthday four years ago.
Hug for Iris.
All the best,
JOEL F. POTTER ~ CRUISING YACHT SPECIALIST, L.L.C.
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From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of karkauai via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:58 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Forward mainstay chainplate
Hi again all. I posted a pic in this thread of the toerail a few days ago. Any thoughts? Joel?