Thanks for the responses.
I'm changing out the chain because it was galvanized (and painted) and the lower shackle and last link was rusting, and when I tried to undo the shackle the eye in the pin snapped off so I had to cut the shackle off. I switched to cable the same size as the rest of my standing rigging
. (9/32) with staloks so I don't have to deal with it again ( hopefully).
I used a piece of fuel
hose as a bushing in the striker.
I learned to sail on a Flicka when I was young. My grandfather owned it. Alas, I was too young to appreciate the ruggedness of it back then, and also because it was the only boat I knew.
Some pics of my new bobstay with a fuel
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