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Old 23-10-2013, 12:23   #1
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Purpose of padeyes on bow

I have a 38' horstman trimaran (more of a cruiser than a racer), on each of the amas at the bow are two padeyes that look basically like the one below. I thought maybe it was for attaching a bridle but just recently noticed that there is actually no backing plate or even a washer and it is attached entirely with just ordinary SS screws screwed right into the deck which means it is probably not the best candidate for a bridle or anything really load bearing. Is there any other purpose for this?

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Old 23-10-2013, 12:40   #2
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Jackline attachment point?
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Jackline attachment point?
no backing plate..
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Old 23-10-2013, 13:10   #4
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Holder for one end of a spinnaker pole, slipping pin though padeye.
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

With it being screwed into the fiberglass it is pretty much worthless for anything except for super light loads and for loads where if it breaks, nobody gets hurt.

For anything other than the lightest loads, you want it bolted in with nylocks and washers on the backside and possibly a backing plate, depending on the construction of the deck and the load.
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Old 23-10-2013, 15:31   #6
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Thanks..

I pulled it out this afternoon(in the process of repainting the decks and rebedding all the hardware) and am going to see if I can drill through and through bolt it to make it something more useful. Though from my initial glance I think it is too far forward to be through bolted and it appears to be just ontop of where the hull comes together so I may end up relocating it a few inches back.
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

hold dingy down? maybe jacklines...
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Old 23-10-2013, 17:55   #8
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Tie down an anchor on deck?
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Old 23-10-2013, 17:58   #9
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Here is a picture of if and exactly where it is. Can't really see it being useful for tying anything to the deck or attaching much of anything. However it does LOOK good there.
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Attachment point for a fender?
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Attachment point for a fender?
most practical idea,so far...
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Old 23-10-2013, 19:52   #12
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Snatchblock attachment for spinnaker tack.
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Old 23-10-2013, 21:39   #13
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Snatchblock attachment for spinnaker tack.
ahh.. That very well could be it. while the boat currently has no spinnaker or any running rigging for one there is a track on deck that i think is exactly inline with it. Wil need to look next time i am there to be sure. might also have a look in a box of blocks an things to see if i have snatch blocks for it.

if it is for that shouldn't it still be backed by something? i may still try and add a backing so it can be used for jacklines and other things mentioned here.
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It needs a backing plate to be used for anything.
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Old 23-10-2013, 22:21   #15
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Re: Purpose of padeyes on bow

Save on weight, get rid of them. Especially in the ends of the boat. Backing pad only adds more weight

It's a multihull, even if it's a more of a cruiser than a racer, you aren't using them anyway....
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