Capri 14.2 Hiking Strap Lift Rope Attachment Hooks
Category: Sailboats, hiking strap adjustment
Problem: I purchased an old Capri 14.2 Sailboat hull a couple of weeks ago. In the process of checking out its rigging, I learned that two grommeted holes on either side of the cockpit seats near the companionway door were for a rope to be passed through after going under the hiking straps. The purpose was to elevate the hiking straps since they are attached at a lower point, below the companionway door. Threading a new line through those holes proved to be difficult and furthermore, after the line is through, it really can’t be easily adjusted. That means that the hiking straps are always elevated from the deck, which would be a huge inconvenience, and potentially a safety hazard.
Action: I had a couple of stainless steel S hooks that I modified such that one end would go into the grommet in the hole but I built up the end with plastic tubing so that if it pressed against the fiberglass wall supporting the seat, that it would have a larger bearing area. On the S end that is protruding, I bent it closed, forming a loop that a rope and some adjustment device could be attached to.
Result: I anticipate it is going to work great – I never did thread a rope through it.
When idea was conceived: 3/25/15
How much time it took to develop: 45 minutes
How much money it took to develop: $3.00
Current status: Sold boat with hooks in place
Since it was originally done: