TO LEAD THE HALYARDS FROM THE MAST BASE OF AN SCM 1980 HURLEY 22
I bought Vixen the halyards were hanked onto cleats near the bottom
of the mast but I wanted them to come back to the cockpit because having
had one hip replaced I did not fancy leaving that comfortable, safe
place at times when there is some chop in the water.
First, Phil Kirby told me that it was ok to pilot drill the cast aluminium and screw anything on with self tappers so I approached my local yacht chandler and explained what I wanted to do and he gave me a couple of right angled short lengths of aluminium angle. I cut and drilled these to allow for any other deck fittings so I would be able to get a screwdriver in at the right angle and fitted them on. I then bought some deck fitting sheaves and bolted these to the plate. As you will see I overcame the combing height by laminating thin strips of mahogany to form blocks. Each of these is bolted right through the coach roof of the cabin where I have used large penny washers to spread the load. Needless to say, each block was liberally coated with a clear marine sealant and each bolt also covered with the same before securing.
result of my efforts I'm sure you will appreciate from the photographs