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By saying I would like to see the screws in sheer, rather than tension, I would move the padeye to be in-line with the lee cloth's rope and mount it on the underside or front of the Nav Console. This way the force will be trying to pull the padeye through the screw shafts, rather than just relying on the threads of the screws to hold them in place.
I would also be a bit wary of the setup on the forward anchor, in the second and fourth photos, which runs the line through a fiddle. Any significant force against the lee cloth may cause the line to tighten enough to rip the fiddle off the side of the forward counter. It would be much safer to install the padeye on the front of that console, on the fiddle itself—through to the countertop.
By doing this, it should be much stronger, and more likely to resist breaking under the strain of you falling into the lee cloths. Use the longest screws you can btw.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 04-17-2007 at 10:14 PM.