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Old 05-07-2010
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One of our former boats had this same fitting - it was a keyhole slot for the vang, the tackle for which was connected via a "nail-head" type of stud that slotted into the fitting.

This was on a boat originally fitted with roller boom reefing... I believe it was to allow the vang to be used for a full main, but quickly removable to facilitate rolling the boom for a reef (but ironically leaving you 'vangless' when you perhaps needed it most)
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