Hi-tech lines do not develop their rated strength when they turn around a small pin. May be appropriate to use a thimble. However the multiple passes of the smaller line may compensate...
The eye-bolt thru the stanchion does not look proper. Looks weak - cobbled together. The nut should be secured.
That crude swage is ... crude. That style is for the electric utility companies, not yachties.
I'd ditch the wire for Spectra.
Not true for Amsteel. Check the Samson web site. It develops 50% at a 1:1 diameter, and in a loop termination, each leg carries only 50%. This is true because the Ansteel flattens out under load, like webbing, and because the fibers are very slippery (better at adjusting and sharing the load). I have also done a lot of break testing--the samples do not break on a 1:1 pin. Interlocked eyes, for example, do not create a weak spot.
What you say is true of Kevlar and PBO, but not HMPE. Completely different animal.
As for the eye bolt not looking proper, I assume and hope that everyone here knows that the pulpit will collapse around 1000 pounds. We just hope that it does that by bending rather than pulling out of the deck. Can anyone image either of those pulpits, rotated 90 degrees, serving as a crane that could lift 5000 pounds?
We should be looking at basic durability and not the last ounce of strength. It is chafe, corrosion and fatigue that we should fear, since those are the only possible failure points. It won't be the eye bolt or lack of thimble (in my testing with Amsteel virtually NO properly sized thimble can withstand full load without major distortion (the stuff is strong as steel, remember?) and often in failure, they actually present a cutting risk as the ends poke out. Just sayin' that conventional wisdom and century old tradition don't hold with Amsteel.
ISAF has suspended some of the HMPE approvals, and it was not over strength. Read up and decide whether it applies to you. Chafe and burn-though.