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John and MC1 are correct. The deck is strong enough to handle the forestay's loads with just a backing plate on the tack fitting. Also, the chain locker bulkhead with its heavy deck beam support the deck at that point.
Actually, the hardest part of the conversion is installing the track on the house because you have to remove the grab rails in the cabin in order to install the bolts for the track. The plywood support for the grab rails, between the headliner and the underside of the deck is also in the way. You'll see what I mean when you get to it. Even so, the conversion is fairly straight forward and certainly worth the effort.
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