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 Post subject: Chainplates (again...)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:40 am 
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Common theme for all I know but...
I stripped mine out in the winter, redrilled the (sound) bulkheads and fitted the plates back in with a neat gasket and sikkaflex seal on the deck. All while ashore.

However, when I wound on my cap shrouds and set the rig, the seal broke and the steel chainplate 'flange' lifted away from the deck by about 4mm (again). This broke my seal...again. Obviously mr Sikka has been used but I'm frustrated!

The bulkhead drilling hasnt moved (marked telltales on the wood and drill points), the bulkead is still solidly bonded to the hull and there seems minimal local flex in the hull.

My assumption is that there is gap between the top of the bulkhead and coach roof, which when tensioned shifts. Most of the flex needed for this is probably taken in the overall hull and not visible.

Anyway - has anyone who has removed their headliner or opened this up, observed a gap between the bulkead and coach roof when the boat is 'at rest'? Did you put some 'shims' in the gap or do something to snug the void?

As usual - these poorly designed fittings are the biggest potential problem as far as I can see if not attended to and sealed up!
Dicky


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