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Re: mystery fitting

I don't know, but it probably cost a thousand bucks, like everything else.


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Re: mystery fitting

It's for a stern line to the beach.
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Wow, I can't believe the "experts" here can't figure this out. That's an alternative attachment point for the backstay. Before they had backstay adjusters, you'd simply unhook the backstay and attach it down there instead. That would add additional rake to the mast, improving your downwind performance.

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Wow, I can't believe the "experts" here can't figure this out. That's an alternative attachment point for the backstay. Before they had backstay adjusters, you'd simply unhook the backstay and attach it down there instead. That would add additional rake to the mast, improving your downwind performance.
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Re: mystery fitting

That's the beauty of this arrangement - progressive easing of the backstay as you finish up your downwind leg, and no need to loosen it as you begin to tack.

OK, sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm with the others, to my very novice eye, this looks like a handhold/step for MOB-like situations. I also agree that it needs some attention, and probably replacing.

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At first I thought may attachemt point for a radar pole,...but not hole for cable. The maybe an attachement plate for dinghy towing, but why down there.

What ever it is the bolts holding it in are rusting pretty badly under the plate ( bet the plate and the bolts are two diferent metals) and really staining the hull.

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It's a corrosion holder...



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It's a corrosion holder...



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Re: mystery fitting

Any other odd fittings near the stern? Maybe it is one part of a system for something. Can't figure out how one dinghy davit attachment helps but....

If it is a step it is not a useful one for climbing out of the water.
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Re: mystery fitting

Take if off clean and fill the holes. Patch the gel-coat.
Guaranteed 15 minutes later you will find out exactly what it is for and why it is critical.

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