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Equivalent of snatch block, but for clutch or cam?

I'm wondering if there is a solution to quickly rig a temporary clutch or cam cleat. Here's why... when we went out on our boat for the first time a couple of weeks ago, we found that the clutch the mainsheet went through was bad. We needed the winch to do a reef but we had no way to secure the main sheet. I know I could have tied a rolling hitch on the sheet and then secured it elsewhere, but I'm looking for something more "temporarily permanent". Is there something similar to a snatch block, but that lets you create a temporary cleat point for a few hours or days until you can get your clutch or existing cleat repaired, and can take a fairly loaded line?
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Yes, one of the companies, I think it was Spinlock, used to make a line clutch that could be slide along another line. It was a strange looking beastie, but I don't think they still make it. You could make something fairly similar by mounting two line clutches back-to-back facing in opposite directions.
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I saw this thread on the home page "Equivalent of snatch" and hurried over here thinking it might be something lascivious--but alas!
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I'm not sure I understand the complexity of the situation. There has got to be a spare cleat somewhere with in reach of the tail of the main sheet. Simply cleat it to what ever cleat is available.

What am I missing? Or am I an Ass full of Crap?
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I saw this thread on the home page "Equivalent of snatch" and hurried over here thinking it might be something lascivious--but alas!
I've yet to find snatch with equivalent satisfaction as the real thing.
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I33... please get some mental bleach and stop letting the sewer rats use your mind as a soccer ball.

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The main sheet really needs to be on a line clutch or cam cleat, rather than a regular cleat, because it may need to be released in a hurry... Cleating off the main sheet to a horn cleat is a really bad idea. Even using a line clutch is kind of dangerous...especially the Spinlock ones, which have issues with being released under high loads.

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If you could say what size line the mainsheet uses, and post a photo of the setup, it might make it easier to give you some alternatives.
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I saw this thread on the home page "Equivalent of snatch" and hurried over here thinking it might be something lascivious--but alas!
Sad thing is, the exact same thought went through my mind when I saw the title of the post.
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If I understood correctly you want a snatch block that also cleats, right??

Harken and lewmar have those with a ratchet block. Unfortunately I'm on dialup and can't help you.

Call Harken and Lewmar and they can tell you the reference number.
I have two on my boat, for a barber hauler.

ist a snatch block wih a built in cleat. But let me tell you...the price is such that might as well buy a new clutch for a replacement
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I33... please get some mental bleach and stop letting the sewer rats use your mind as a soccer ball.

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The main sheet really needs to be on a line clutch or cam cleat, rather than a regular cleat, because it may need to be released in a hurry... Cleating off the main sheet to a horn cleat is a really bad idea. Even using a line clutch is kind of dangerous...especially the Spinlock ones, which have issues with being released under high loads.
I thought we were talking about a tempoary solution until a proper fix can be made. He is going to fix or replace the clutch, in the mean time.......
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I find that for purely temporary duties...a vice grip tool on the line near the turning block will allow me to take off the strain and re-do the lines. Obviously not a great solution on an every day basis...but handy when you get a wrap under a lot of pressure.
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