Originally Posted by Polwart
I've never really understood what their purpose was as everyone "in the know" seems to agree they are not suitable for securing a rib...
Who are those "in the know"?
I suspect you mean traders and builders. If that is the case
a) why do they fit them shaped as cleats, not just handles ?
b) Your statment infers they are privy to knowledge of them being ripped off. In which case, please can someone give an example of the forces required to do so on a newish boat.
Im steering towards the, they're strong enough for most rafting situations but not towing, at the moment. But open minded.