Re: Soft vs Regular Pad E

Posted by Kurt Maurer on May 13, 2006

I'd venture to say it's more than just a cleaner look. Those soft padeyes, when made with scrap plywood backers, are super duper strong! You'd tear the boat to shreds before they'd pull out.

They're kinda tedious to make, but easy to install, and you never have to worry about whether you hit the sheer clamp solidly with your anchor screw or not. And instead of the drill-fill-drill routine, I simply seal the slots with super glue and call it a day. Been working like a champ for years now.

The downside is that they can be a PITA to uninstall when refinishing time rolls around, if they're set with silicone sealer. That's why I've gone to undersized holes and knotted bungee ends for my deck rigging, for ultimate simplicity and ease of messin' with.

Cheers, Kurt

Pair O' Mill Creek 13s Project

In Response to: Re: Soft vs Regular Pad E by Doug Judd on May 13, 2006