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Old 02-04-2012, 07:07   #1
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ID this pop up pad eye?

Can anyone is this pop up pad eye? I believe it's for a inner forestay. It has a threaded hole in the bottom. It's 5" high It is very hi quality, but has no brand on it. It's 5" high, when closed.
Wondering who made it.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:16   #2
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Re: ID this pop up pad eye?

By the patent:
Patent US5301627 - Retractable boat cleat - Google Patents

Made by: ACCON Marine

Looks like this one:

Accon Marine. Extra Large Round Lifting Eye

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:58   #3
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Re: ID this pop up pad eye?

That would be a handy dandy for an inner fore stay, with all attaching hardware included, up when you need it down when you don't!!!
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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!
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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.

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Re: ID this pop up pad eye?

Really it's not meant for a sailboat, it's meant to be a retractable hardpoint for lifting larger tenders onto larger boats......think 18' rib onto 80' motoryacht.
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Really it's not meant for a sailboat, it's meant to be a retractable hardpoint for lifting larger tenders onto larger boats......think 18' rib onto 80' motoryacht.
I second that!
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They were also used in the 40s thru the 80s for lifting inboard runabouts. we hard one in the for deck and rear deck on our 1949 and 1963 Chris Crafts. they were attached to tie rods that were then bolted to the keel. I like how on this one you can opt for a pivoting mount beneath it. Would be a neat and tidy mount for a forestay as I mentioned above.
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