The chain plates
are 5/16 inch thick by 2 inches wide and 26 inches long. I purchased long
lengths of 316 flat bar from OnlineMetals.com and did all the cutting and
finishing myself. Only the holes were done by someone else.
Inside the hull the bolts are backed up with
3/4 inch thick African Mahogany ( treated with epoxy as usual) and the nuts
are installed over large "fender washers".
These are very similar to the way the chain
plates were done on my Bristol Channel Cutter, Solita, and they worked very
well. The nice thing is, I can see what is going on with them.
Flying Cloud came to me with new swaged
rigging of about two years old. These boats came with fairly light gauge
wire and I wanted something a bit heavier. So using all the original wire
from the main mast, I cut it down to fit the mizzen.
On the main mast I went with all new 5/16 1x19 wire. All swage terminals
were eliminated and I used HiMods eyes and studs on wire ends of ALL rigging. All of the
tangs were removed from the masts, x-rayed and where needed, new tangs were