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Bud Taplin
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If you use a fine blade saw, and cut the rubrail on each side of each chainplate, you can remove that piece of teak. Use masking tape on the hull to prevent scratching it. After replacing the chainplate, put the piece back using some brown caulking, and the job looks neat.
It is difficult to reach up inside the bulwarks to get to the nuts. You can use one of the ratchet wrenches that have the nut holder within the wrench, and the bolt goes through it. Don't know what they are called, but you should be able to find a 9/16" one at any good hardware store.

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