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I have a Tiki 26 .Am wondering what is the best hardware to attach to the bow for the lines from the Parachute to tie off to. What about the U-bolts that are already there as per plans,would they be strong enough Thanks
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I doubt it as they are designed to take the loads of the forestay bridle and a parachure anchor would place loads in different directions. Also, I would think it would be hard to attach a parachute anchor to the bridle touch points in the sort of sea that would be running, and even harder to adjust it. The strongest points to use would be the anchor rode cleats as indicated on the plans.
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Robert has it right: the ends of the forward beam. In addition to being sufficiently strong, this position will let the rode drape alongside the bows, eliminating or minimizing chafe.
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On the p26 I used to wrap anchor bridle lines around the end of the xbeam lashing pad and the beam end cleat so taking the load directly into the hull and blkhead. The parachute likewise at the stern beam. This worked until anchored in the super typhoon in Cebu when a lashing pad ripped out taking about a square foot of hullside along with it. The rode stayed attached to the beam end cleat though so that must be the strong point.
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I agree with the earlier comments that U-bolts are not to be messed with and load is in wrong plane for them. As far as cleats on the cross beams - I followed Wharram plan at first and had a hardwood horns glued for-n-aft over top of fwd crossbeam for anchor bridle on Cookie. It wasn't long before a good snatch load ripped the wood cleat off the crossbeam. I then changed to aluminium cleats with 4 x bolts through top of crossbeam and fender washers underneath. These have lasted great for 20 years now, taking the load of Cookie in exposed mooring locations all over the place and also laying to a sea anchor. However - as a backup - I always take the bitter end from each cleat and tie a loop fully around the aft crossbeam. Then if a cleat does rip off the load is transferred to an immensely strong part of the structure and the load would just pull the aft crossbeam fwd towards the cabin top - no worries. This would buy me time to survive the gale or to rig something else in place. Just a simple thought.............I really do like simple :D Merry xmas to all Wharram builders, sailors and dreamers out there. May the wind of 2011 allow you to set a course for your dreams. All the best, Rory & Cookie Pic shows Cookie lying peacefully to sea anchor in F8[attachment=0]PICT0118.JPG[/attachment]