The P-23 utilizes
a “scabbard” type of stainless steel chain
plate that is fastened to the structural interior liner
and then pierces the deck molding. This style of chainplate
design has been utilized for many years on thousands
of boats of various brands and sizes of sailboats worldwide.
This type of chainplate is very strong and simple.
Chainplates, of any boat of any size or brand, on occasion,
can develop a small leak as when the rig is tensioned
and sailed, they move ever so slightly from the original
“set” that it takes when the boat is manufactured
and has not been rigged.
As a chainplate (oddly enough) is a living moving item,
albeit stationary for the most part, the rig tension
can break the seal between the chainplate and the original
sealant that we apply at the factory as the sealant
may not adhere totally to the very smooth stainless
steel finish once the mast has been tuned or the boat
first sailed in heavy air.
The maintenance of the chainplate, if the leak is determined
to be the chainplate, is easy and only takes a few minutes
to accomplish. Simply un-screw the 4 Phillips head screws
on each chainplate cover, make sure it is dry, and no
foreign material or loose sealant are there, and re-bed
more sealant and put the
cover back on. Let the sealant set the prescribed time
as noted on the sealant tube, make sure the boat is
not sailed until the sealant has cured. This is a very
easy & quick routine maintenance procedure and is
not considered a warranty item.
When the boat is new, it is best to perform this maintenance
once that boat is in the water and the rig tensioned.
And after the boat is first sailed, or in it’s
first heavy air use, it may be noticed at that point.
Once the chainplate and additional sealant has taken
its true “set” and the rig tensioned, this
will become less of an issue.
It is important that these few minutes of routine maintenance
is performed when a leak is first noticed as if you
let the water continue to run down the bulkheads, you
may cause them to suffer degradation which can lead
to larger problems.
So, take the few minutes once in a while to monitor
your chainplate seal. This may be considered something
to inspect while you are performing all the necessary
checks on the boat for routine nut and bolt tightness,
check all fasteners on the boat including all the bulkhead
and chainplate areas at least semi-annually and more
often if you do experience any leakage.