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post #40 of Old 06-20-2013
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

What gets me is the power boats that tie "springs" from the midship cleat straight down to the nearest cleat on the dock, so whenever waves come through the boat jerks straight up on the cleat! I don't know how many times I see that!

I guess it's not ALL bad though; it is thanks to one of these idiots (and his insurance company) that I have a shiny new Awlgrip paint job! This particular lubber figured that midship tie-down was good enough and didn't even bother with a stern line! When a storm came through one night, his boat ripped that cleat right out of the dock, pivoted around the finger on his bow line, and spent the night grinding the propeller of his raised Merc 150 on my hull! Then he had the nerve to try to blame the club because the cleat ripped out!

Some people just don't get it!

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