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  • #3651
    Bob Harland
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    We are looking for a neat way to secure the rope bridle for the boat tent.
    The bridle would be permanently in place.

    Does anyone have a neat way of attaching the fittings to the gunwhale?
    Or some other solution?

    thanks
    bob

    W7658

    #6522
    Dave Barker
    Keymaster

    I’m not sure how applicable this would be, but here goes…

    Rob Wagstaffe supplies stainless steel P clips for this purpose. They are about 1mm thick, 15mm wide, 28mm long and take a bridle up to 5mm in diameter. The snag is that they would normally be fitted at the same time as the gunwhale rubbing strip.

    You could retro-fit them, but you’d have to find a way to cut a slot from underneath (if you went for the usual vertical alignment) or you could mount them horizontally beneath the gunwhale. I’m not sure how much of a flat surface you have there on a woodie.

    #6527
    John1162
    Member

    P clips work very well. Just make sure they are (A4) 316 grade stainless steel. The A2 or 306 grade will rust bleed in a marine environment.

    What’s this about a woodie then? Have you decided to go fully traditional? Not content with using oars instead of an outboard you want the warm glow a woodie gives you as you run your hand lovingly over the side decks, that have been polished to that silken finish, only hard won by countless tacking following many a successful cruise. Not that I am biased to a wooden boat you understand.

    On a less poetic note. If you cannot find what you want or design something that is not available I could probably manufacture it for you. I seem to be making quite lot of bespoke marine fittings lately.

    #6530
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    After echoing the sentiments of my esteemed Yorkshire fellow wooden boat owner I would like to say that I use a series of these RWO hooks after closing the hook part in a vice.
    http://www.sailboats.co.uk/Product~Rwo_Lacing_Hook_19mm_Hole_Centres_R2900.html

    #6640
    Bob Harland
    Participant

    thanks for the suggestions.
    Rob Wagstaffe has suggested we try these fittings, they look quite discrete.
    So we will give them a go.

    Bob
    W7658

    #6642
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Bob,
    I note the new boat number – more detail is needed I think.

    #6645
    krgough
    Participant

    Hi Bob

    Do you know where to buy these? I’ve had a quick look on the internet but could not find them.

    regards

    Keith

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