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Re: Pad eyes for tethers and jacklines
I could've sworn I've read lots of folks using Starboard as a good backing plate for winches, cleats, etc... I figured it was plenty strong, and since it's weather proof and fairly pliable, would be ideal and crack-resistant. Ever since the first recommendation suggested clipping only to a jackline (in the cockpit floor), I've dispensed with the notion of clipping straight to a fixed point.
Edit: just to be clear on this- I haven't installed a thing on this boat related to this project. All four winches do have HDPE backing plates (and it is Starboard brand), but I have plenty of thick stainless steel to build these from if I'm reading all sorts of suggestions that reverse my thinking on that matter. I'm already taking a razzing over on SA (an idea suggested by one of the SN'ers) for this from some guy in Singapore who thinks I should rethink this whole sailing thing and sell the boat.. not exactly helpful!
Last edited by Irunbird; 07-18-2012 at 06:08 PM.