Originally Posted by Scirrocco
Hi all, the metal eyelets are missing on the flap on top of the tube on my honwave. Can these be replaced or would it be ok to put the rope through the holes that are there without the eyelets being replaced?
The eyelets are there to prevent chafing, and also to spread the load if there is tension on the rope. Managing without eyelets would eventually cause damage.
A sail maker may be able to press some eyelets in for you. They use similar eyelets and a powered press when fitting reefing eyelets to a sail. I recently had some modifications done to a sail and they popped an extra eyelet into the sail for free because it is no trouble and the eyelets cost a negligible amount. Probably they'd do a few eyelets on your SIB for a relatively small amount.
Failing that, you can buy eyelet kits and fit them using a hammer and a suitable range of expletives. The eyelets come in two parts (front and back) and there is a special tool that you hit with a hammer.