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Old 02-19-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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Mystery fitting

When I purchased Invictus in November last year it had lots of 'stuff' stored in various nooks and crannies throughout the boat. My wife and I have been gradually sorting through this stuff, discarding what is no good, and passing on things that might be of use to somebody else. We came across this strange fitting and wonder if anyone out there in Boatland can tell us what it is? So far anyone we ask has been stumped.

A brief text description to go along with the attached images: nicely finished brass fitting consisting of two identical halves that have matching pin and hole, the pins hold the bottom together and the brass shackle holds the top together. The bore has a very large radius and is approximately 1 3/4" in diameter.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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RE: Mystery fitting

I don't have one of those on my tug. It looks like it might hold up a hose or large cable...a sling, sorta.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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RE: Mystery fitting

Looks like it might clamp around a line? For a sentinel?
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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RE: Mystery fitting

Speaking of a sentinel does anyone have one to spare or does anyone know where to get one?
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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RE: Mystery fitting

Only a guess, but maybe a strain relief for shore power cables? Thinking you might put a power cable and a water hose in the devise and maybe hold it by tying it to say a piling if you had a long span between the boat and the dock power pedestal. Keep the power cord and hose out of the water without a sharp bend in either.

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:21 PM   #6
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RE: Mystery fitting

There is an ABI that is a manufacturer or supplier of all sorts of cable-related items. Fittings, tubing, clamps, etc. While I could not find a reference to your specific component I would hazard a guess that it something to hold, suspend, or lift a cable of some sort for some reason.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:33 PM   #7
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RE: Mystery fitting

I want one!
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:48 PM   #8
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RE: Mystery fitting

Thanks for all the replies. Mystery solved!! Just not sure I'll ever use it. Any idea how much weight to add? Downrigger ball?

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:50 PM   #9
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RE: Mystery fitting

You just beat me to it. I googled ABI Marine Products, and there it was.

http://www.sailboatstuff.com/mor_dockitem.html#RodeRide
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:19 AM   #10
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RE: Mystery fitting

The weight is a matter of handiness , how easy it is to hang 20- 40 lbs of weight on it and then shakel it to the anchor line..
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RE: Mystery fitting

Quote:
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Why would you put that on your rode? what did it do?
A heavy weight, known as a Kedge or Kellet is attached to the single eyelet, allowing the Kedge to hang below as the bronze aparatus slides down the rode. The curve allows it to slide easilty going down and back. The weight acts to add catenary and create a shallower angle of attack for the anchor relative to the bottom. You would slide it down until it hit the bottom, then bring it back up about ten to twenty feet (subjective distance, as it would depend on how deep your anchorage is, and in my case, it's just a wild a--ed guess.

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RE: Mystery fitting

Peter,
I'd say about 15 to 30lbs or what ever you can pull up from whatever depth you'll be anchoring in. Seems to me you're boat's at Bella Coola so I'm going to assume you'll prolly be pushing the limit on depth.
Mike,
Thank you for the link. I had'nt found one yet. That's funny** ...I was look'in right at it and didn't even know what it was. Never dreamed the mystery thing was designed to slide.
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