Apropos of Nothing
I'm thinking about adding additional padeyes to my boat for jacklines. I know I need to use backing plates on the padeyes to give them adequate strength for the job. The question is, how beefy do the backing plates need to be? Wichard sells ready-made backing plates that match the shape of their padeye bases. Are these sufficient? For some reason, I always thought of backing plates as covering more surface area than just the shape of the padeye itself. Maybe I've read too many sailing disaster stories.