My guess would be that the saddle part of the device goes over that 1" bolt, and the holes in the lower forks of the device hold the T-nuts at the top of the shroud.Question #1: How did they build that originally?
If we can reverse engineer the installation, maybe we can figure out how to re-use the pieces as intended. The system did last for 50 years, after all...
Back in the day, there was a 46 at our club. We had a stormy wed night race, breeze was out of NNE 18 to 25, a spinnaker leg to the finish in Annapolis at the Eastport drawbridge. The 46 was rockin and rollin downwind coming into Spa Creek as they did with the kite up downwind, pulling a huge quarter wave going about 10 kts, blasting to the finish, which is about 200ish feet from the bridge. Kite halyard jams, won't come down, skipper throws the helm over and rams the pier across the river from AYC. Lotsa damage, screaming, flailing spinnaker, cats and dogs sleeping together... wish we had video back then. Interestingly the 46 had a few scratches- but the pier got splintered up pretty good.Nothing new to add, other than... if anyone's interested, this is what the sailplan looks like for the Ericson-46. It's a big, powerful, heavy 46-footer (~32,000 lbs, vs ~27,000 lbs for the Baltic-46 of about the same era) and more than half of that displacement is lead (yeah, a >50% ballast ratio...)
I raced on one called "Raider" when I was a kid. Magnificent boat, the flush deck made it feel like you were on an aircraft carrier.
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