Originally Posted by sinnerman
What I have seen many people do and is completely WRONG is to secure the bitter end of the reef line to the metal loop. They pass the bitter end of the reef line through the metal padeye "loop" then put a stopper not on the end. Now all of the reef load is being held by the padeye which only is secured by two #10 (or smaller) screws...
I think that you are right, in the context of many modern booms made of fairly thin section aluminum
That, and what we've called "pad eyes", (I've used the term too,) are really just little stamped "eye straps" held on by perhaps 2>3 threads of #10 machine screws.
But "wrong" is not always wrong, it depends upon application.
I use the "stopper knot" arrangement that you mention, but the "eye straps" are heavy section cast bronze
and flared, (originally used as jib
sheet fairleads,) and they fasten to a heavy section wooden boom with #16 wood
screws, (not the weaker "sheet metal screws",) ~2" long.
With the load being in shear the clew would probably pull out before those eyes let go.
However, I can always just use the eyes as a positioning device for a bowline around the boom if desired.