Looking for some advice.
I have an old Avon that has been undergoing some project work the last year we have owned it. Last year I replaced all of the D-rings on the side to hold the frame, including 2 on each quarter panel of the stern. Yesterday I replaced the one on the front side of the bow as that is were I tie off the most often and the 20 year old webbing sewn into the d-ring was sun damaged.
My first question for today:
1) Were would you place a d-ring on the stern, as I only bought one extra? On the inside of the stern panel, top center or in the same spot as the old on the outside? I would need the existing d-ring on the outside if place there. I have become efficient at that process but its not one I love doing. I am mostly interested in providing a more reliable option for multi-day loads in the stern bay. I do run my chicken line all the way back though. I rarely tie off to shore with my stern unless its for short moments of unloading or when I tandem tie on the rare occasions I want to be parallel to shore.
2) Its an old boat now with a bunch of defunct d-rings. I removed one last season but decided to leave the others as I assumed the were doing no harm. They are an eyesore and give my boat a certain character. Is there any benefit to removing all of the d-rings? I have cut the worst ones already as I did not want people clipping into them for rigging or emergencies.
Thanks folks. Still relatively new at DIY boat work. Always something to learn.