It's a bit slack. Can, in fact, see daylight through the outside bit, now that the paint's off. When the paint was on, the paint had developed that "interesting rippled effect", typical of a slack joint, drawing the surveyor's eye to it.
Can't blame it, really. The copper clenches holding it together have been fighting the pull of the bobstay for 56 years now (that's 64 years, less five for lay up during the Second World War, and three years for other times we have not fitted out, mainly due to refits!)
Simple solution - tighten the clenches.
Snazzy solution - make an internal shaped backing plate and an external plate with the bobstay eye in it, and through bolt the lot. One might put a second eye in for riding to a short nylon snubbing rode at anchor as per picture in "The Ocean Sailing Yacht".
So, folks -
Q1 - is this worth while doing?
Q2 - what material to use?
Lower bobstay is chain, keel is cast iron, floors are wrought iron, stem band is galvanised iron, so mild steel, galvanised, looks like first choice but that would involve iron bolt through oak stem, which I am un-keen on having just "done" all the iron floor to frame bolts, which had not enjoyed their contact with the oak grown frames and, in a couple of places, had triggered rot.
A bronze fabrication seems better perhaps in conjunction with a bronze stem band, on the grounds that a bit of "more noble" is OK, it's the bit of "less noble" that gets it, and 3 tons of cast iron is not going anywhere fast, but would I get huge galvanic action and alkali build up round the fastenings? I guess not if the copper planking nails and bronze hood end screws are OK.
Thanks for your thoughts....