I'm looking to replace some things at the base of my mast
while I have it down: the bolt that is holding on the boom vang
bail and the block that directs main and jib
halyards aft from the mast
. I'm thinking that the way the previous owner had it set up before is perhaps not the most graceful arrangement (see pic).
I already picked up a Ronstan Series 40 double block and I'll replace the old bolt with a new stainless one, but I'm not sure how I should attach that block to the bolt. The old one is just over the threading of the bolt at an angle, held on with a nut. Maybe I could get a bolt with an eye? But I'm not sure that's the best load direction for bolt. I'm imagining some sort of flat washer-like tab that goes under the bolt, against the mast, with an eye on it for the block to attach to. I'm not sure if this exists...
Any suggestions? Thanks!