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Padeyes are used on sailboats to attach a large number of parts. Padeyes for blocks and padeyes for other sailboat hardware are typically made from stainless steel. Folding Padeyes are useful for keeping a deck clean and keeping toes safe. Folding padeyes are great for tying dock lines, jack lines and other attachments that are temporary. Folding Padeyes can also be used to attach fenders and use as lifting points. One point to consider when adding folding padeyes to your sailboat is that they differ from conventional padeyes in that the load should be perpendicular to the hinge and bail instead of in line with it. The strongest positions are with the D-ring vertical or leaning towards the fold-down position, which focuses the load on the side anchored with two screws.
An important consideration when shopping for sailboat padeyes is the working load that will be applied by the block, wire or line that is attached to the padeye. When installing padeyes to the deck of your sailboat, it is important to use large washers, or even better a purpose-made backing plate.
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