Freesail- If you're using a metal backing plate, don't forget to round the corners of it with a fairly large radius, to prevent hard spots against the glass. Also, don't forget to fair in above the backing plate, with a high-density filler thickened epoxy, so that there is no gap between the plate and the underside of the deck. If you use an aluminum plate, don't forget to coat the bolts with lanocote or some other galvanic isolation compound and use a polyethylene washer under the stainless steel washer, to help reduce corrosion problems.
If you go with a wood backing board, use 1/2" marine plywood, and epoxy coat it after drilling all the holes to protect it from water intrusion and rot. Then use at least 1" diameter fender washers on the bolts that go through to the windlass.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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