Please select your home edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

LOOP Products: An Innovative Twist to the Stick-on Padeye

by Phil Anniss 28 Aug 18:00 BST
Stick-on Padeye options © LOOP Products

Padeyes are a multi-purpose attachment point, traditionally made of steel and bolted directly on to the deck. With a significant shift to soft connections over the last 5-10 years, the humble padeye has been through its own transformation and continues to evolve. In this blog we look at the evolution of the soft padeye and the latest flexible, stick-on solution from LOOP Products.

LOOP Products was among the first companies to start developing a padeye that used the benefits of Dyneema® rope to create soft deck terminations. These modern alternatives to stainless steel are lighter, stronger and much quieter than traditional padeyes.

The original design for soft padeyes involved drilling a hole in the deck large enough to fit an anodised aluminium ring that can then be screwed into another ring under the deck. A Dyneema® loop is fixed underneath, using a dogbone, and then protrudes above deck from the centre and is suitable for attaching blocks, shackles or integrating friction thimbles to provide a line lead.

The large diameter ring at the bottom of the padeye spreads the load out evenly over a wide area of deck, to increase the working load. With a sealed cap on the underside, these padeyes are fully watertight and the Dyneema® loop can easily be replaced if they get damaged or worn. This type of soft padeye, in a number of different styles, is now available from various manufacturers and they generally have the highest working loads (from 3000-10.000kg). For example Ronstan's Removable Lash padeye has a SWL of 7000 kg.

The drive for Minimalism

In an effort to simplify and reduce weight, Ropeye then appeared on the market with a unique concept called the Loop padeye. The major development was to integrate / bond the Dyneema® loop into a carbon (or glass) base plate. The idea is that the loop is then pushed through a small diameter hole and the carbon base plate is bonded to the underside of the deck, which makes it watertight. The base plate also spreads the load over a wide area of deck, however the safe working load of this system is limited by the bond of the Dyneema® in the carbon plate e.g. a 6mm Loop padeye has a maximum safe working load of approx. 2000kg

Because of the minimalist design of these padeyes, if any part breaks or becomes worn, the entire padeye must be replaced. However, due to its ease of use and excellent price, the Ropeye Loop padeye quickly gained in popularity compared to some of the larger padeyes on the market.

The Stick-on revolution

At the same time, the quality and strength of marine adhesives was also advancing at a fast pace. With the rapid acceptance of the Loop padeye, coupled with high quality, reliable adhesives, a stick-on version was an obvious next step. Relying purely on a surface bond, safe working loads of these stick-on fittings are only up to approx. 150kg and therefore mainly limited to non-structural internal fixings on yachts and some applications on small dinghies.

However, there are a multitude of applications for this simple, cheap fixing which is quick/easy to use and requires no holes to be drilled. For example, hanging points for virtually anything onboard e.g. oil skins, sheets, halyards, saucepans, binoculars.... Or anchor points for pulley systems e.g. pipe cots. These fixings are so useful that race boats will buy these in bags of 20 and always have spares available for system improvements on-the-fly.

Full Circle

As one of the early innovators of soft solutions, LOOP Products has now jumped in with the latest evolution for the Stick-on padeye.

Boats are inherently "curvy" and a limitation of the previous stick-on designs was the requirement to have a perfectly flat surface on which to bond the carbon disk. LOOP Products have got around this by using a clever production technique to produce a flexible, ribbed carbon base which can curve around both internal and external radii to form a strong bond.

The LOOP Products Stick-on padeye is currently available in one size and uses a 4mm Dyneema® with a 40mm loop length. They have a SWL of 150kg.

Have you joined the Stick-on revolution?

If you have any questions about padeyes, deck connections or any other sailing hardware or rigging related issues, then please use the LOOP® Products E-Furler Enquiry Form or contact at

Related Articles

Composite rigging benefits
A 75% weight saving can transform performance is constantly striving for lighter, faster and safer sailing for all boat owners, regardless of sailing style. Composite (or synthetic) rigging is one of the biggest and most cost-effective performance improvements that you can make. Posted on 22 Oct
Torsional Ropes Versus Cables
Noting the all-important point at which you should change between them In this blog we explore the differences between Torsional Ropes and Custom Torsional Cables, the pros and cons of each and provide guidance on the specification boundaries between the two. Posted on 16 Oct
Adding a Staysail?
Inner forestay setup options discussed by Are you considering upgrading your sail plan to include a staysail? It is an increasingly popular choice, offering considerable performance benefits. In this article we focus on the various setup options. Posted on 8 Oct
Improve Your Sailing Performance
Three simple, cost-effective upgrades from Reducing weight should be every sailors goal, no matter what their sailing style. One kilogram removed from the mast and rigging package is equivalent to adding 4kg to the keel. So, reducing weight aloft increases your stability. Posted on 1 Oct
Stripping and recovering yacht ropes look at when, where and why The majority of yacht ropes are double braid construction i.e. with a core and braided cover. The purpose of this cover is to protect the core from general chafe, abrasion and UV damage but also to provide grip. Posted on 23 Sep
Alphalock Halyard Locks
Simply the best? A close look from The Alphalock brand is a relative newcomer on the sailing hardware scene but its CEO, Eric Hall - founder of Hall Spars and inventor of their renowned Hall Autolocks - is anything but "the new kid on the block"! Posted on 17 Sep
Sailboat Hardware Soft Attachments
Fad or paradigm shift? There is an increasing trend towards soft attachment of sailing hardware and rigging i.e. using a lashing or soft loop, however they are not a catch-all solution. Posted on 10 Sep
Live Rig Load Data at Your Fingertips
Cyclops Marine Smartlink reviewed by In a previous article we looked at the benefits of having live forestay load data using the Cyclops Marine Smarttune load sensor. Now we take a closer look at the sister product, often used in combination with the Smarttune, called the Smartlink. Posted on 3 Sep
Nine uses for Millionaire's tape
Excellent value for money, despite the name PROtect Mask, commonly known as 'Millionaire's tape' in many sailing circles, has been an essential part of riggers toolkits for years. Posted on 21 Aug