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Re: Mooring Cleat Backing Plate Installation

Originally Posted by engineer_sailor View Post
Thanks for all of the input.

If the underside surface of the deck isn't too irregular, could one get away with not using epoxy at all?

SloopJonB: The packing tape idea is pretty clever and easier to source than mold wax

BTW, the rationale for the addition of the backing plates is:
1. A bow cleat is loose and I have to remove the v-berth cabinetry anyway

2. Catalina recommends adding backing plates as their 1.5" washers originally used can sometimes cause spider cracking

By loose do you mean just the hardware was loose or have the holes widened?

If they've widened it would be wise to epoxy fill them and re-drill proper sized holes (this is smart anyway to protect the core). You don't want the hardware rocking around in oversized holes.
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Mooring Cleat Backing Plate Installation

Just loose. As it turns out the holes in my backing plates seem to not match the spacing of my cleat hardware ::. After removing and replacing the cabinetry in the vberth for the second time to reach the bow cleats, I've decided I am going to install access plates in the anchor locker.
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