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Re: Cam cleat placement for jib sheets?
Perhaps another alternative is to place the cam cleats aft of the horn cleats. You would do a single wrap of the tail and then through the cam cleat. This would keep your horn cleats available for dock lines and also avoid a cam cleat in the back for someone seated in the cockpit.
Running the tail around the horn cleat would also assure the sheet is better lined up with the cam cleat and less likely to pop out.
That would work too, but I think the winches are aft enough wrt to seating area than the interference won't be severe.. esp on the one side. Using cleats under the winch keeps them closer to hand, esp for someone on the end of the tiller...
What about a clam cleat rather than a cam cleat, on a wedge to give it the proper angle, back near the horn cleat? They are faster and even easier than cam cleats.
YMMV, but I hate those things.. if the line's not the right size they slip, if they're plastic they can 'burn' out if they do slip and won't grab again. They are more obtrusive than cams esp since they need the wedge for a good lead...
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Last edited by Faster; 03-06-2013 at 10:34 PM.