Pictorial: Boat Improvements 2013-05



Chain plates essentially hold up the mast. They are large metal strips that transfer forces on the sails and mast to the hull. The top of each chain plate protrudes through the deck and has a hole for attaching the stainless steel cables supporting the mast. A small deckplate is supposed to seal the deck and prevent water from reaching the chain plate. Here is a previous owner’s desperate and futile attempt to seal the chain plate deck fitting.

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