Harken is based in Pewaukee, WI. You could call them direct and order from them and have it delivered tomorrow so you can get this done this weekend.
And I'd pay for it in a major way, too
. Harken would no doubt charge MSRP and the overnight shipping would be a big hit. I appreciate the lead, but I think I'm just going to relax and take this a bit more slowly.
I am a bit partial to Harken being that I only live 10 miles away. I have used their equipment for over 30 years with rarely a problem.
Can't say as a blame you
. I think I'd be partial to Harken if they were only 10 miles from me, as well. Heck, if Harken was only 10 miles from me, this'd be done by now.
Your cleat issue is a problem. The teeth can be part of the trouble.
There is no doubt that the teeth on that cleat is part of the problem. They're far-and-away the most aggressive teeth I've seen on any
cam cleat so far. But remember: The cleat's not the only problem. Even when we can
get the sheet out of the cleat: We often can't do anything with it other than ease it--which is usually just the opposite of what we're wanting to do when beating into the wind.
The other is what angle you can pull on the sheet to release it. It should easily pop out when you give a slight jerk on it.
The angle is part of it, too, I'm sure. I think that even after we replace our blocks and line, I'll be wanting to pull up to release, pull down to cleat.
Trust me: The sheet will not come free, under high load, even if you give it a strong
, much less a "slight jerk." One time the other day I sharply yanked that sheet as quickly and as hard as I could, several times
, and it didn't budge. I actually briefly considered "stomping" on the sheet to free it, but thought "Okay, Jim, let's say you succeed. Then what?" As somebody mentioned in another thread not long ago: If you have to use excessive force, something ain't right, and applying more force is only likely to break something (further).