Thanks for that re-iteration. Can you describe in more detail where the deck was flexing? Was it just at the bolt location or over a wider area? The deck is stiffened also by the vertical fore-aft wall between the port and starboard sides. Was the tab on the hawse pipe acting merely as a backing plate or was it the fiberglass collar with the hawse pipe as an assemblage that provided stiffening.
I remember years ago Joel warned against attaching an inner forestay to the cleat on the winch or to the decking in that area without carrying the loads down to tougher structure.
Thanks for any additional insight you might provide.
Gary S. Silver
Amel SM 2000 #335