Originally Posted by sawingknots
i seriously doubt it will be a problem,
You are absolutely wrong. If the boat is never sailed there is a chance that the stud won't break. But it very well could eventually break just sitting in a slip during heavy winds.
Originally Posted by mike dryver
are you sure that is the forestay swag end that is bent or is that the upper bolt of the turn buckle if it is the bolt you only have to fine a replacement for it and not even have to drop the stick again.
That is not a t-bolt and toggle. Unless it's some kind of extra long one that I'm not familiar with.
The furling system, it looks like a Famet, rotates on a little plastic washer that sits in the piece that is clamped on the bent swage stud right where the Tee and toggle would be if it were a t-bolt and toggle. You can see that by looking at the one at the bottom of the turnbuckle.
And it's certainly not a fixed toggle.
The swage stud, which I'm nearly certain is what we're looking at, needs to be replaced at a minimum. If the wire is more than a decade old, the whole headstay should be replaced.
Every time that a load is applied to that forestay, meaning every puff of wind, that bend tries to straighten out. When it is loaded enough times it will simply break. There is no question about it. Just like bending a coat hanger.