Originally Posted by GalileoX
Hmmm...Both very good ideas. I will have to ponder this for a moment but at least I have some options. Thanks everyone.
Just wait awhile, G, you'll probably get a few more good suggestions to add to your options.
Then you can weigh each one and decide which is best for you.
BTW, the bails I have on my boom and mast are like the ones pictured in Caleb's link. As Faster points out, the vang can exert a lot of pressure ... the one on my mast has deformed somewhat (but not failed). I have another bail on my boom for my mid boom mainsheet that is more stoutly built. I think you could probably find a sufficiently strong bail if that is the route you choose to take.