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Old 05 June 2011, 21:09   #11
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I see the Zodiac ones don't look as substantial to me and I bet they are difficult to get hold of. Going to have a look around the boat stores when I go back home next week see what I can find.
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Old 13 July 2016, 10:33   #12
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I picked up the parts at West Marine, but they are available from many boating supply stores.

The inside track sail stop:

DAVIS INSTRUMENTS Sail Track Stops at West Marine

You can use a dead end bail, but I bought a terminal eye strap and cut off part of the lower plate. I left that part of the strap long enough so it would bridge both sides of the track when tightened down. Depending on size you may find a dead end bail that is ready fit.

FORESPAR Eyestrap at West Marine

All stainless, snug tight fit when clamped and strong enough to securely hold a larger load. Not necessarily a cheap alternative, but I have four of them and I really like the flexibility the track system affords.
Thanks for the info...did you use the 3/4 or the 3/8 tack sail stop to fit in the zodiac floor rails?
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Old 13 July 2016, 11:13   #13
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3/4" sail stop fits the rails really well.
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A little out of focus, but another shot of the tie down.
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Old 13 July 2016, 12:47   #15
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Cheers for the replies, drilling into the floor is a secondary option, would mean taking the floor out of the boat for a start and everything would want counter sinking and covering to prevent it wearing through the bottom.

The benefit of having fittings that slide in the rails is they can be moved around.

Would be a great help if you could dig one out and get a picture, at least that way I may be able to make something up that would clamp into the rails. All it would need are a couple of bits of ally or stainless steal plate with some bolts through. Could even use a screw on metal eyelet to act as the clamp as well as the fixing.
Use threaded inserts you dril a hole just through the top skin then fix the insert with a crimp tool same principle as pop rivets I bought the tool for 10 and the inserts for 1.99 aliminium stainless or just carbon steel if they are knackered just drill out and insert another.

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Thanks all, ordered up the parts Kelson recommended. Now I can strap down the scuba tanks with impunity
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Old 19 July 2016, 08:45   #17
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I use the Zodiac ones to hold down everything: Fuel tank, battery, anchor box, and scuba tanks. They work well. I also made a several extras from a length of solid nylon. Cut to the proper contours (like an extrusion) then cut to several short lengths and drilled a hole in each one. You can't lock them into position, but I just place them in between the other pin-lockable ones.
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