Friday, January 14, 2011

We're pretty sure

The chainplate for the inner forestay isn't supposed to look like this. Particularly insofar as the notch on the right is supposed to a hole, through which a stainless clevis pin is supposed to hold the tie-down wire for the forestay firmly to the hull (otherwise the load is taken by the deck fitting -- probably okay in a light breeze; bad news in a severe gale, when the stay would be flying the storm jib).

The hole happened because the metal is aluminum. Add that to stainless, season with salt water, and you get an ugly, galvanically corroding mess.

Fortunately we found a piece of stainless steel here on Union Island. All we have to do is drill the holes, bolt it in place, and we're better than new.
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