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Old 04-19-2011
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Islander 28... Are your runners (or are you actually using check stays?) being lead to a winch, or are you doing a simple block system that can be attached to a padeye or similar? Where on the mast is the attachment point for the inner? The loads on your boat are not all that large in the big scheme of things, so I'd think a padeye with a very good backing plate would do the job just fine. Attach a block and take it to your windward primary (or secondary if you have them). A small length of bungee with a plastic hook at the shroud base to walk things forward and out of the way when you're not using them and you're good to go. Most runners/checks on the majority of boats aren't attached to anything anywhere near the strength of a chainplate tied to a bulkhead. The backstay is still doing the work of holding the mast up on your boat, and your 'runners/check' stays will stabilize things unless you're not running your inner to the top of the mast. All that said, I'd contact a reputable rigger in your area for their take on things.
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