Thank you for all your replies.
Yep that is a pad eye. I am a newbie on many things on the boat. The pad eye has to be drop from inside the boom and 2 screws holds the pad eye plate in position. The 2 pad eyes that broke showed signs of either incomplete welding or corrosion
over the last 30 years.
I sail back after losing 2 /3 pad eyes by wrapping 2 nylon strap around the boom to hold the blocks . I feel more confident of this set up that using the pad eye not knowing how is the condition of the welded joints.
During the uncontrolled gybe, it was very scary to hear the loud snap and seeing the boom end hitting the water
. Later the Admiral told me that she was certain the boat was going to sink. Lol.
Great tip. I am going to check out the stamp on the base plate again tomorrow. Looks very much custom made as the finishing isn't that neat. Maybe this is meant for inside the boom.
Yes I have a loose foot main. I am in favour of using strap but how do you keep the strap stay at one position instead sliding on the boom.
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