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03-04-2013 10:05 PM
HUGOSALT
Re: mystery fitting

Anyone who examines these photos closely will observe that this is a strategically placed, heavy duty fitting that has had much use over the years...bringing one to the obvious conclusion that this
is undoubtedly the handle to the afternoon swim beer locker!
03-04-2013 08:49 PM
chef2sail
Re: mystery fitting

Maybe there used to be a small swim platform attached to it on one side of the transom with a ladder that flipped underwater.

Do you have a picture of the stern rail above it? Like a bottom pice holding something on Reverse transom down on the bottom and also connected to the stern rail like some kind of pole? MOB pole. Radar pole, Wind instrument pole, MOB Lifesling, Ladder from stern rail connection?

Where is the ladder on this boat, on the side?
03-04-2013 05:45 PM
davidpm
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.
03-04-2013 05:39 PM
KBuckley
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.
03-04-2013 05:18 PM
Tymadman
Re: mystery fitting

Quote:
Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
It's a corrosion holder...



That's it!
03-04-2013 12:02 PM
eherlihy
Re: mystery fitting

It's a corrosion holder...



03-04-2013 11:35 AM
chef2sail
Re: mystery fitting

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.

Dave
03-04-2013 11:22 AM
jimgo
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.
03-04-2013 11:06 AM
Faster
Re: mystery fitting

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
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.
... and then get out the repair kit when the backstay saws through the transom and deck...
03-04-2013 10:59 AM
jimgo
Re: mystery fitting

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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