We've removed and resealed all chainplates. When we did so, it was obvious
that we were getting leakage on a few evidenced by corrosion of the
aluminium backing plates. I seem to recall others on this board reporting
some movement including elongation of the deck holes. We did not
experience this, in fact, everything seemed to be in good shape once we
managed to get them out of the deck. We did replace the aluminum backing
plates with ones we fashioned ourselves from 1/4 inch 304 stainless steel.
>From: "colin_cd" <colinj@...>
>Subject: [campernicholson] creaking chainplates
>Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:23:40 -0000
>sailing this summer I have noticed a creaking sound coming from the
>starboard side of the boat. It is at its worst when on starboard
>tack and seems to be coming from behind the lockers at the forward
>end of the saloon.
>There isn't any evidence of movement in the deck but I am obviously
>concerned. Does anyone have experience of looking at this problem or
>is it indeed nothing to worry about?
>From memory the chainplates are through bolted and I suppose that
>over time these could have worked loose. There is also an
>unexplained leak in to the heads cabinet on the starboard side which
>seems to have improved a bit since we replaced the seal around the
>port light but we haven't been able to eradicate it completely.
>any thoughts or views most welcome.