|Hair-cracks around the chain-plates. Superficial or danger of catastrophic rig failure?|
|Sanded down to sound polyester.|
|Beefed-up with several layers of epoxy strengthened with a total of six layers of woven fibreglass.|
|Covered in fairing mix. It looks a bit messy at this stage.|
...and sanded until it looked just rough enough to hint it was not professional work.
|Faired and just rough enough to show it was an amateur's job.|
This was followed by two layers of primer and two layers of topsides paint.
|Primed and painted.|
|The new, beefier chain-plates.|
Inside, the plates for the mast-top shrouds were backed-up by braces made of epoxied wood. These also transfer part of the load to the hull.
|Braces and belt: epoxied wood braces transfer the load to the hull.|
Now, bring-on those gales!