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Fastening on the foredeck

Larry Golot

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I sail from a tidal beach and I'd like to install a grapnel right in front on the mast on my 1984 Laser. That would allow me to get the trolley while the boat is waiting.
The grapnel is locked with a removable pin inside a pvc pipe (3kg total). I need to fasten the pipe to the deck.
One idea is to use padeyes. How thick is the fore deck of my old Laser? What kind of fasteners would you use, (self tapping #8 S/S screws)? Do you have any other suggestions for fastening the pipe without boring through the deck? I could make a pair of wooden brackets screwed to the deck and fasten the pipe to the brackets...