Certainly adequate for smaller vessels i.e. boats with light loads on the pins. Or in my case used with a 20 foot nautical flag display. Obviously for ships and larger sailing vessels you should consider naval bronze turned pins with size engineered for the load with an appropriate factor of safety. These pins were a nice size, turned, and ready to be finished. I would order them again. Good value.
I am very happy with my Wooden Boat Store belaying pins. The quality is excellent. I just wish they also came in a 12 inch size.
Where convenient, belaying pins are a nice alternative to cleats. I first got on to the idea when I built a Ross Lillistone, Phoenix III, where he had specified them. These are simple, but nicely done.
These also make excellent rocking horse handles ;>)
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