. My first thought too.my second thought is,where is there going to bethe most force applied. Answer: in an uncontrolled jibe.where you're boom is being thrown from one side of the boat to the other. At this moment almost all is force is on the side of the ring/fairlead / thingy.I think that Frank's orientation is just fine. I've recently went through some pain staking efforts to fabricate a bronze sheet horse. I ordered some. 5/8(heavy I know) round stock of c655 silicon bronze . 2feet of it. I then drew up some real size drawings of how I wanted it bent. I brought to a local machine shop and I'm expecting to hear back from himtoday. The suspense is overwhelming .