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Revisiting tether padeye choices
As I’m going through my safety equipment I decided to spend some more time on my cockpit tether arrangement and set it up better. I currently have jacklines attached to solid points running fore and aft and like the arrangement. However my cockpit is definitely not up to spec.
I spent some time reading the circa 2012 SNet thread on padeye working loads and while helpful, I still have some concerns.
I’ve been on boats that had cockpit tether points on binnacles, stanchions and everything in between. My boat, being tiller equipped offers few options that allow for free movement within the cockpit while still only allowing me to be thrown to the gunwales.
What I want to do, based on my measurements, is attach a folding padeye, center cockpit in a reinforced section with a substantial backing plate through bolted underneath. Based on my tether length this would allow for clipping in once past my Bridgedeck and allow movement to all corners while not allowing me to go further than the edge of the aft deck and to the lifelines. My jacklines start just aft of the Dodger so switching from the cockpit padeye to jacklines can be done without moving anywhere.
My concern is the load ratings of folding padeyes. ISF isn’t as clear as to guide me towards a solution. The padeye must be able to fold flat when not in use due to its location in the middle of the cockpit forward of the rudder shaft/tiller.
From what I understood, the load must be able to handle crew weight x 10. Given I’ve got a small boat, that means 4000lbs to cover all bases.
Thoughts on using a folding padeye that meets these requirements? Has anything changed since the last discussion in 2012? Thoughts in general?