Because I've see line can pt the strain on them. This is generally more the case with coaming mounted winches than with cabintop mounted ones... but still. I'd rather spend the money on buying and installing an amidships cleat than repairing the cabintop. Also, the chances that the docklines lead fair to the winch are less than good.
BTW, stanchion mounted cleats are only good for fender lines or flag halyards, since the stanchion isn't going to resist much force before it tears out.
Originally Posted by backcreeksailor
Nobody really touched on this, but is there any reason why I couldn't or shouldn't use my primary winches in place of using amidships cleats for springlines? (I know someone that does this on a 34' J105 just down the creek from me that has no amidships cleats either and it seemed to work ok for his boat).
BTW... The PO did leave a couple Schaefer nylon rail-mounted cleats attached to stanchions. But I don't think I'd want an 8000 lb displacement boat pulling on one of my stanchions or my railing via one of those things. So I think I'll just keep those for fender hangers.
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