Re: Chain drop pipes Amel 54 - what material?

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS

Hi. I replaced mine with a stainless tube. I wanted to retain Amels original fixing of the stbd aft bolt to the tube which is glassed into the floor of the locker giving a lot of strength and not putting the load on the deck. I couldn't see a pvc tube filling this function.I put a flange at the top drilled to take the bolt. At the bottom I welded a collar to give attachment to the fiber glass cloth I moulded it to the floor with.
SM 299
Ocean Pearl

On 18/11/2022 05:20 NZDT Thomas Kleman <lorient422@...> wrote:
When replacing the Amel galvanized chain drop pipe with plastic, it’s important to consider the windlass support. Three bolts are supported by fiberglass “wafers” under the deck. The starboard aft bolt is supported by a steel bracket mount which holds the chain drop in place (and rusts). I molded a resin header which fits into the chain drop pipe and receives the aft starboard windlass bolt. Same thickness as the 3 other wafer supports and corrosion proof…….a bit tricky to mold. But if my PVC drop pipe ever breaks its an hour job to replace it.

Personally, doing this project again with galvanized steel or just glassing over the rust problem seems a bit half-a**ed.

Thomas Kleman
SM2K 422

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