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need hardware supplier- please help

I am looking into adding a bowsprit (anchor platform type) and need a supplier for good quality hardware to attach the mast stay and stem eye. A one piece unit would be great. Something that holds both the mast stay and lower stay. I''m not describing this well.
If anybody can understand what I''m looking for and a source please help.
Also chain plated and general deck hardware.
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need hardware supplier- please help

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It sounds to me like you''ve entered the realm of customizing your rig & related deck fittings, in which case you''d be far better served IMO by collecting lots of ideas, congealing them into a specific, custom design that best meets your needs, and then working with a metal shop to construct what you want. A metal shop that routinely does boat hardware jobs will also understand and coach you on thicknesses, amount of ''meat'' needed for given hole pattern, etc. It''s a great time to think about the anchor roller, perhaps a chain stopper, a modified bow pulpit, etc. And you don''t need to do it all at once...but thinking ahead will give you the latitude for improving multple systems that most owners would love to have.

Such shops are also the place to go for chain plate replacements, new/bigger/better deck plates to cover the chain plate slots (if that''s the style you have), etc.

While there are some excellent vendors that work nationally (Tops in Quality is one; Bruce Soule is the owner, as I recall), I''d recommend dealing with a local shop if possible. Much more hands-on give-and-take is possible.

Jack
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