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chain plate bolts

terry_thatcher

Terence Thatcher
One of our members posted some time ago that he lost his rig when the thru-deck bolts broke. I had one chainplate leak (starboard cap shroud) a few years ago and I rebedded it. Then I recently decided to replace all the shroud bolts (3/8" x 3") as a prophylactic measure. The first bolt I removed was the one that had leaked. The head of the bolt broke right off as my son twisted it. Beware. I generally like the chainplate arrangement on the 382, but it obviously pays to prevent leaks and check the bolts occasionally. I have replaced stern chainplate bolts, but for bow chainplates, the nuts holding the bolts seem essentially impossible to access and I have not had the energy to figure out how to get the bolts out and then back in. They surely get a lot of salt water splashing over them.IMG_20210403_144435251.jpg
 
I replaced those bolts a couple years ago, and the don't seem to be leaking. It's a reasonably easy job for 2 people, and every Morgan needs to have it done at this age. The bolts on the bow, I really need to figure out. I can easily reach the nuts with my hand through the locker, and a long extension (maybe with a u-joint) will work with a breaker bar. Those nuts are REALLY rusted.

My rigger has suggested that 2 heat guns, one on the inside and one on the outside, and the 5200 will loosen easily. I hope he is right.
 

datswite

Ken Ferrari
I replaced those bolts a couple years ago, and the don't seem to be leaking. It's a reasonably easy job for 2 people, and every Morgan needs to have it done at this age. The bolts on the bow, I really need to figure out. I can easily reach the nuts with my hand through the locker, and a long extension (maybe with a u-joint) will work with a breaker bar. Those nuts are REALLY rusted.

My rigger has suggested that 2 heat guns, one on the inside and one on the outside, and the 5200 will loosen easily. I hope he is right.
I was able to remove the nuts from the forestay chainplate pretty easily. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the bolts out to replace them. There simply wasn't enough room to tap them out from the inside, and I was unable to apply enough torque to them from the outside. I reluctantly put the nuts back on without replacing.
 

terry_thatcher

Terence Thatcher
One way to do it may be to drill off the heads and pound them in from the outside. But that would take powerful drill and patience and might damage the chainplate.
 
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