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kingfish posted 08-19-2000 11:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for kingfish   Send Email to kingfish  
I have looked in Marinas, West Marines, Boat US's and Boaters Worlds from Key West to Portland, Maine to Killarney, Ontario, and I cannot find stainless steel *bar stock* (not flat stock) strap eyes, like the ones Mills Canvas sends to screw to the hull and then snap suntop guy straps to.

Does anyone *please* have a source from which I can acquire some of these apparently and surprisingly rare birds??


triblet posted 08-20-2000 03:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I'm not quite sure what you are looking for,
but it sure sounds like what West Marine
calls a "footman's loop".

Chuck Tribolet

bigz posted 08-20-2000 06:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

They are called eye pads and the only firm I have found with the cast ss is Sea Dog --- they also make a stamped ss and a bronze -- Taylor only makes them in nylon and Zamak called eye straps -- and Perko makes zinc ones.

SD Part# SS cast SDG 081 12001 eye pad 3/8" eye

I believe but couldn't locate the part that Sea Dog also makes an "eye strap" in solid not stamped ss sold in 4 packs, bought some at a small Marine store in Jupiter this Spring ---

Chuck the "footman's" loop is for attaching the webbing through.

Hope this helps John ---- Tom

kingfish posted 08-20-2000 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Chuck-these things (eye straps, or strap eyes) look like a re-curved bow (as in bow-and-arrow) in profile with the re-curved ends flattened out and a counter-sunk screw hole in each end; in my case, and I think it's pretty standard, at least in zamak, chrome and plastic, the screw holes are around 1-3/8" to 1-1/2" o.c. - they appear in the various catalogs usually under bimini top accessories, but are not made of ss (with the exception of the ones made from thin flat stock, which are not what I want).

Tom, I think you are talking about what I am looking for, but I don't know myself if I'm looking for stamped or cast?? (too many options)

Where do I find Sea Dog stuff?

Thanks In Advance


bigz posted 08-20-2000 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
John --- made a slight error they are forged solid ss not cast --- Sea Dog stuff can be ordered by your local marina store -- most marine distributors carry them --- will be at ours today and check on them for you --- I know exactly what you need --- and I believe that SD # is correct but will double check --- Tom
bigz posted 08-20-2000 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
John if you by chance have a Hamilton catalog from Portland Maine look under pad eyes and they have the forged eye straps ss in 3 sizes listed -- -- the SDog "eye pad" is similar but much heavier --- Tom
Backlash posted 08-20-2000 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I think Shoreway Marine, 800-443-5408, has the stainless steel eye straps you're looking for on page 125 of most recent catalog. They look exactly like the chrome-plated zinc ones everyone else has. They are catalog #10595 and are $3.25/each. BTW I checked the eye straps for my flying top supplied by Mills and I think they are chrome-plated zinc. Good luck.


kingfish posted 08-20-2000 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I've got a Hamilton Marine catalog on the way, I've got a Shoreway Marine catalog on the way, and I have SEEN THE, I have seen the eyepad or padeye or whatever in Sea-Dog's on-line catalog, identified it and requested the name of the locallest supplier of Sea-Dog stuff be sent to me - I am on my way to cornering the market on ss eye straps!

Steve, I have believed the eye straps that came with my Mills sun top were stainless - maybe not - maybe that's why I've had such a devil of a time duplicating them in stainless...anyway, Ima gonna have some stainless, now!

Thanks guys,


bigz posted 08-21-2000 05:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
okey dokey John you are now well equipted to start your own eye snap distribution system maybe JimH will give you a cut rate deal for an "eye" adverisement ---- heh heh -- Tom

PS by the time we got back the Marina Store was closed --- forgot it was Sunday duh!

jimh posted 08-21-2000 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Try looking in the sailboat section of a big marine catalogue (like West). Sailors use eye straps or pad eyes, and, of course, stainless steel is the choice of material, heck maybe even titanium to save weight for racing.

Harken and others are the usual suppliers.

--Jim Hebert

bigz posted 08-21-2000 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Jimh --- chuckle that's over kill to say the very least these are just eye snaps for the the Mills canvas there tiny little things in ss --- on a sailboat you'd use them as bungee lash downs at the very most! --- Tom
kingfish posted 09-10-2000 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Hamilton Marine catalog has arrived (still waiting on the others), and I have found my ss strap eyes.

At the same time, finding myself occasionally curious about your comment, Steve, I finally took a Taylor chrome eye strap out for a side-by-side comparison with the Mills-supplied eye straps on Outre', and guess what? They look just the same...

I think I'm still going to corner the market, anyway-


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