Originally Posted by over40pirate
That looks like it. "lifting eye" ?? Any idea what it's function as a "lifting eye" is on a sailboat?
I bought it with some other hardware, and am trying figure out how to describe it, when I list it for sale
. It's a real nice piece of hardware, and wish I had a use for it on my boat!
You have an incomplete lifting eye there - it's missing the "lifting hardware" or more accurately, the load-transfer strcutures. If you have a look at the overall design (the link which was posted above) you'll see that the whole assemble extends below deck
to a grip. The intention here is that the retractable eye is connected down via the snubber-arrangement to a lift-point inside the structure of the vessel. When the lift-eye is extended or underload the snubber extends and rotates the cradle
around the lift-point (on the U-bolt) and the load is transmitted from the eye down to the internal lift
point - i.e. ensuring that no load is reaching the small deck-mount screws.
You could use it for an inner-forestay but remember the mess this arrangment would cause below decks. The most obvious use is if you consider having 4 of them, each one placed fore and aft of and either side of the COG and to port and starboard: Useful on vessels which don't work well with slings etc. If you look at the rest of the website you'll note that it caters more towards the speed-boat market and sleek low-profile decks which don't necessary have/want toerails and stachions.