While not a boat builder.....just quite YET
, I use that nylon webbing around the place all the time. It's what lots of my tack is made out of. I ride horses down at the local stockyards once a week pennning cattle back, and I don't like taking my really nice and expensive leather bridles and reins and other odds and ends to get torn up.
The webbing works great and is strong. The best way that I've found to make holes, cut, burn ends, and all those other necessary things is to use a soldering iron. I have one that is a pistol type with a trigger that controls the heat to the end.
I've got a cheap one that has exchangeable ends on it. It has a flat attachment that is great for cutting and burning the ends. The straight end is great for burning holes. The advantages are that 1)The wife doesn't holler about the smell in the house, 2)I don't have to leave a project and come in the house to cut, drill, or burn, 3)NO chance of me dripping melting nylon into my supper on the stove
4) I think it does a little cleaner job. You don't have to quit to re-heat a rod, screwdriver, or nail, and 5)With the gun/trigger set up, it's pretty darn accurate and easy to work with. You're not trying to hold a rod or nail with a pair of pliers or ruining a small phillips head.
I really like the pad-eyes by the way. I may steal the idea and make some to put on my saddle to use. I have metal rings on it right now that use to hang my water jug, lunch, and all the other crap I carry for a day of working horseback. I think I like the kayak pad eyes better.