Soft loops

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by catsketcher, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. catsketcher
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    catsketcher Senior Member

    Has anyone built their own soft loops instead of U bolts for a foam sandwich deck. I have a couple of ideas in mind but would like to see how others have done it off possible.

    cheers

    Phil
     
  2. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    soft Loops ?? sounds like a soggy breakfast food !!
    Pictures and photos would be a big help !!:confused:
     
  3. waikikin
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  4. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    Easy to make...difficult to describe.

    Do some googling or buy a Ronstan soft link. These are for dinghies...not expensive. Once you have it take it apart and you will have your tutorial
     

  5. Zilver
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    Zilver Junior Member

    You mean like this ?

    http://www.colligomarine.com/products/colligo-value/soft-padeyes

    The loop is easy ( and fun) to make, here's a nice site with tutorials :

    http://l-36.com/soft_shackles.php?menu=4

    Beware that the breaking strain of the loop is seriously affected by the diamond knot. You can read about breaking test on the l-36 site.

    I've used such a loop for a trailer winch eye on the bow of the boat. Just a hole and the loop through it with some sealant kit. Works good.

    The poor man's version of the colligomarine padeye could be the loop through a small length of reinforced pvc tube (sticking out just above the deck) + backing plate. I think that such a construction can be made watertight with sealant.

    Haven't tried yet but just a thought.

    Good luck,
    Hans
     
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