• High strength to weight ratio,
• Low Density – approximately half the weight of steel,nickel and copper alloys,
• Inherent Flexibility – an elastic modulus that is approximately 55% of steel,
• Extended Fatigue Life – more than twice that of steel,
• Exceptional Corrosion Resistance – resists chlorides, seawater, sour and oxidizing environments,
• Superior Erosion Resistance – erosion corrosion, cavitation and impingement in flowing turbulent fluids,
First I pulled the existing chainplates. Not a major job as I had already removed most of my hull panels and when I replaced them I left the chainplate bolts accessible and exposed. Keep in mind also that I have no Mizzen.
The little guy on the right is an upper mast tang.
Before you take measurements off Teds original plans or use one of the plates as a template for the rest, ask yourself the question; "Do you feel lucky, Punk". A lot of the holes line up, some don't.
It will be no fun refilling the existing holes in the fiberglass and re-drilling them.
I will probably order Grade 5 (Ti-6Al-4V) Titanium with sand blasted finish. Interestingly someone suggested that the polished finish is too shiny while the blasted finish is cheaper and holds the deck sealant better.