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Old 04-12-2014   #11
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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Guess I'll have to go on line. Boy are these hummers pricey!
Look on e-bay. Get a few and polish them.

For those that have cam cleats and line clutches, what exactly do you do with the long tail of line? I was about to replace a horn cleat on my mast, hadn't even thought of that problem.

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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Seadog is kind of "bottom of the line" gear. Fine for small skiffs and such that don't see any really ugly loads.

Your boat is 31 feet. Instead of cleats, you might investigate line clutches.

Somebody tell me about these.
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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Look on e-bay. Get a few and polish them.

For those that have cam cleats and line clutches, what exactly do you do with the long tail of line? I was about to replace a horn cleat on my mast, hadn't even thought of that problem.

(sorry for the slight thread drift)
I use halyard hangers like ( Ronstan Utility Hanger (2 Pack) ). They work much better than trying to jam a halyard onto a horn. And while they have bolt holes, I just epoxy them places, all over the cockpit, near winches, ect. For a couple of bucks they make storing coiled lines easy.



Mad Machine,

Those is a cheap clutch that failed quite embarisingly. Since the load is in line, to have the plate open like that indicates a pretty weird failure method.
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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Greg,

not so much the failure.. but the mechanism itself. My ancient Sea Sprite as a tiny little bronze cleat on the mast that can be a bit of a pain to get a line secured to and even harder to unsecure
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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

That is a Lewmar clutch, they are usually highly regarded. I am curious about how that one failed. I use and like them because they release well under load.

Dave_E: Fisheries Supply in Seattle has a huge range of cleats to choose from. They have pretty much every product mentioned in this thread in stock.

Greg: I use those same Ronstan hooks in the cockpit of my boat for managing lines. I hadn't considered hanging two on the mast for jib and spin halyards, but it's a pretty good idea. A halyard bag mounted at the base of the mast would also do the trick.
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Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Here is an idea for handling the heavier loads of a halyard without popping for a rope clutch. It also provides a way to store the tail. They mounted two cam cleats in line (I understand this is common on racing boats).

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