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Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
My American built RL24 outside shroud ripped through my deck along with the 6 in by 12 in aluminum backing plate.The PO attempted a cabin top core replacement which is now saturated.

What should I do patch the hole in the deck and switch to hull mounted chain plates and record the cabin when absolutely necessary. OR, take the whole FG cabin off out to the flange and rebuild it with 3/8 marine plywood stringers and epoxy. I could make new cabin top flush with the gunnel and gain some comfort inside.
I'm a tall fat American trying to get the most out of this boat, or throwing in the towel.
I have repaired the keelbolt successfully last winter after a dramatic failure followed by the slow sad intrusion of lake water.

Any advice is apreciated.

Rick Bernardi 14-Oct-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
Sorry about your troubles Rick. Sorry I have no advice, but I'm curious if you could share a photo? I was wondering what the layup looked like. Do you also have the un-tappered Kenyon mast?

Thanks,
Joe Eckenrode
Joe Eckenrode 15-Oct-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
I will be happy to post a picture. It is a US boat, has u-bolts instead of chainstay, so last winter when I fixed keel I put New standing rigging on and replaced u-bolts with heavier duty ones with aluminum play backing plates. Just glancing at it it did not appear the side decks near the hull(where u-bolts were placed originaly) were cored just looked like glass. I know the cabin top is cored and needs redone due to water intrusion.
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Rick Bernardi 15-Oct-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
Rick, when you changed the rig, did you increase the rig tension?

The rig stood for 35 years then after you replaced the rig and added a backing plate, you had a massive failure.
Greg 17-Oct-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
I have an American built RL24, and I'm pretty sure my cabin roof is not cored. I've drilled holes through it, and there was just fiberglass. There were 2 versions of RL24s that I have seen in the USA. mine is the later version with 3 windows on each side. I would be interesting to see a photo.
Daveinet 23-Oct-2018    Edit    Delete 
Pictures of the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
This is what my aluminum backed ubolt ripped through my side deck.
Rick Bernardi 15-Nov-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
Another pic
Rick Bernardi 15-Nov-2018    Edit    Delete 
Im considering taking the entire top deck off at deck hull joint
So my roof is definitely
cored with wet rotten wood. Cabin top buckles little if I step on it 1 inch deflection with 300lb guy on it.I am considering removing entire top to repair sidedeck and cabintop recite at same time. I don't know how hard this will be. Side deck not cored but roof dripping black nasty rotten wood.
Rick Bernardi 15-Nov-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
Make up two stainless steel straps with shackle holes for the stays. Place them down the inside of the hull, inside of the gunnel, then bolt through into the cabin. You will achieve two things by going out; you take some of the load off, and transfer it down the hull.
kevin troy 4-Dec-2018    Edit    Delete 
Basically your saying to replace u bolt with chainplates?
I've considered replacing u bolts with chain plates. Could I attach them on the outside of the hull? I thought about getting some stainless bent so it would come up outside of the tunnel/toe rail. I will probably add a partial bulkhead in the cabin to to stiffen things up after I record the cabin top.

So chain plates bolted inside or outside? Does it even matter?
Rick Bernardi 4-Dec-2018    Edit    Delete 
Re: Sooo I the u- bolt holding the windward shroud ripped backing plate and all through the deck.
I had the same thought about the chainplates on my U.S. "cruiser" version. I wanted to move them back some to get rid of the backstay and am thinking of attaching them to the hull after reinforcing it. Mine had stainless straps about 1/8 or 3/16 in thick from the factory. As a matter of fact the lowers are attached that way from the factory on my version right to the sides of the cabin top. I can get some pictures if you'd like. And speaking of pictures thank you for yours.
Joe Eckenrode 10-Dec-2018    Edit    Delete 

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