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> Consider if you will the standard nylon-web-loop type of deck fitting, a
> la CLC boats, et. al. What if, instead of attaching the loop off to the
> side of the deck line, you ran the deck line right over the top of the
This is an incredibly interesting idea, Dean. (And, for me, the timing on this could not be better.) But I don't think I fully understand what you're doing. (Do understand Mike's idea, but, in most cases with my CLC North Bay, I don't have easy/any access to the inside of the hull, so must install deck fittings in the blind.)
Could your scheme work from the outside only? Or did I not understand the idea? I can conceive of a loop, the top of which is slit longtitudinally with a razor blade and sealed with a soldering iron providing access for a screw driver, then screwed through the deck into the (in a CLC boat) sheer clamps. Is that what you were suggesting? And do you think that would work as well?
Great ideas, in any event, gents. Thanks.
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