Ours has a rather large diameter termination bedded on the deck
, no eye. A couple of years ago, we had the mast
step rebuilt at the original builder's current
Original running rigging
involved a winch
farm scattered on deck
around the mast for halyard
work. Foot blocks were deck mounted with backing plates
. The principal involved with the original build/design stated the original intent of the tie rod was to react the halyard
foot block loads, hold the deck down.
Subsequently, issues with knees and shroud
loads and under sized athwartship scantlings , IMO, at the mast step, the tie rod was counted on to react some of the mast loads at the keel
In your photos, it appears all your halyard loads are kept on the mast, no foot blocks. So the only loads your tie rod would see would be the shroud
loads trying to "make the boat skinny".
There is a small measurable variation in the deck position relative to the mast when transitioning from resting on keel on the hard
and afloat. In our case the tie rod does something. I always check for slack in the tie rod and remove prior to launch, turnbuckle adjustment.
Your results may vary!!
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