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Hi Peter,

Thanks for your post. I didn’t even think about contacting Bavaria – didn’t think they would reply.

You are right in that there seems to be a lot of different ways to do this – and the only real test is when its used in anger and the deck stays put… (!!)

For what its worth, I have decided to get on with fitting the deck reinforcement this week:

Its going to be a double folding pad-eye on deck with backing plate (8cm x 5cm ish) under the deck attached to 6mm wire & bottle/rigging screw to the bed just where it disappears under bulkhead (large 20x 40cm backing plate here)
Reasoning:
1) Can tension bottle screw so that lift from deck fitting is spread along 3 sides of bulkhead (top & sides) & front part of bed. Bulkhead slots into bed so attaching to bed is stronger (bed sides are glassed to hull) & spreads load across bulkhead
2) Making up a bracket to accurately match angles to bulkhead is beyond my skills.
3) I think bottle screw will look ok and if not, I can remove all fittings with nothing visible later on… (no holes in headlining on bulkhead – always a plus!!)

Forestay will be fitted by local Seldén agent.

Hope this makes sense – I’ll post pictures when I’m done.. (can I do that here?)

Would be very interested to hear about your approach: johnfk99@gmail.com

I’m based in the Med – near Barcelona – where the sun always shines (well usually) and the wind never blows – except when it blows lots .. 😯

Cheers,

John