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A good general rule of thumb is that your cleats should be 16x the diameter of your docklines in order to be able to handle two lines on each cleat. For instance, I use 5/8" lines for my anchor line, so I have 10" cleats at the bow. I use 1/2" lines elsewhere, so I have 8" cleats on the rail and on the transom.
However, one project this spring is to add more cleats to my boat, since the cleats are all on the primary hull and it makes it a PITA to tie off when the boat has the amas out. I'm adding cleats to both amas...
Originally Posted by backcreeksailor
If I only have 2 aft cleats and 2 forward cleats, can I use my primaries as anchors for both the fore and aft spring lines? Or to they HAVE to be cleated off at the fore and aft cleats too to make them functional?
And I was planning on using 1/2" dock lines for both summer and winter as permanent lines. And probably the same for my transient set. Is that adequate?
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