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The bow winch eyelet is the most important attachment point that keeps the boat on the trailer.
Aluminium hull winch eyelets are cut from a flat plate and welded onto the keel extrusion. Winch hooks being made of steel (forged or stainless), will always be harder than aluminium, regardless of alloy grade. The curved surface of the hook making contact with the straight edge of the eyelet, puts uneven pressure on the corners of the eyelet. This results in the steel hook ‘eating’ into the aluminium eyelet, compromising strength and subsequent failure.
To help reduce wear and prolong the life of the eyelet, use a ‘D’ shackle between the hook and eyelet, with the shackle pin facing the boat. See diagram and photos below.
Winch eyelet worn?
Have a chat with us to get your eyelet repaired.