Lesson learned. I’m going to be a lot more careful with my next ship as far as the belaying pins goes. I think I’ll probably end up buying those wouldn’t belaying pins from model ship yard. They’re not all that expensive and I’m just going to get a big pack of them.
Little did I know that these belaying pins were for more than just show. I should have made more room on the bottom so the pins so that I could loop the strings around them.