Modifications to Chain
Plates in the
Chain Plates or shroud, forestay and
backstay deck attachment fitting
fittings are ABS or similar plastic extrusions and while quite
strong are nevertheless brittle and will part with not too much
force. These fittings are attached to the deck with small
self tapping screws into a thin fibreglass sheet. The
screws are steel and will rust as well.
methods are suggested here.
to make a brass or similar metal T shaped section similar to the
original fitting. These can be screwed onto the deck using
a small stainless steel self tapping screw. Use a slightly
larger one than the original to get more of a bite in the thin
other is to bend some stainless steel wire ~.9mm into a loop
with a right angle bend. The two ends are fed through two
holes drilled in the deck or one if you use the original screw
hole and held in place with instant glue. This has some
advantage as the load is now spread over a larger area of deck
and unlikely to pull out. The wire can be obtained from a
small egg whisk from one of the many cheap shops or you can
source such wire from one of the RC Yacht supply shops.
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