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Re: Cleating the Sheets...

Do NOT use a bullseye at all. Return them.

IF you get an override you want to be able to lift the line vertically under tension and control to clear. Plain cam cleats are the best option. They also hurt less when you sit on them and snag ropes less. Bullseyes are only used in aps where you tension by pulling on the line, like dingy tackles and small boat traveller lines.

Personal preference is for all cam cleats (no horn cleats), but this varies from boat to boat. I find horn cleats have too much snag potential and I like the quick release of cam cleats. On the other hand, some dislike the potential for cam cleats to come loose if the line is yanked.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber

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