Well good luck to him.. bummer for me.. Bimini would have been nice.. Some of the stuff you put on a boat like this gets hard to justify when it costs 25% of the value of the boat.
I am hoping to have a furling unit, and I am going to look into this bow plate. See how much I can get one for.
A ubolt just seems nasty looking, I have seen a boat fitted with one when they replaced the plate.. but eh.. looks BAD.. Mine overall (the plate) is not in the best of shape..though not at the forestay mount point.. but I guess I need to look into something.. maybe grind the ridge off.. and put the u-bolt through the plate - that would be strong.