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bfennema
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Hi Keith and others,

It is not the prettiest repair, but fully functional. You do end up with a twist in the kicker since it is now 90 degrees rotated from previous alignment but that does not seem to affect operations.

I did manage to get a shackle of sufficient width though by grinding some excess material of the eyes that the bolt goes through so it is all a bit more stream lined. After that a judicious tap with a hammer put the shackle in through the holes left by the rivets. The kicker now sits in the bend of the shackle with the bolt being near the mast.

This has served for the last season and we have been out in F5 with it so no bad effects thus far all things considered. How long it will last I do not know but it has bought me time in the mean time.

All the best.

B.