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Lancer - I'd advise AGAINST using those cleats for the purpose you intend. With the bale to trap the line over the cleat you will have a great deal of drag as the genny tries to tack over to the other side, and the sheet may well twist and jam on its way through. (it has to go through the bail AND the fairlead - it won't go cleanly.)
This will really slow down your tacks, and make it harder to sheet in the new side. Also if they are fairly close to the winch, clearing the winch wraps will be difficult as well.
At least remove the bales so that you can free the sheets completely during the tack (but the fairlead is still gonna be a problem). Typically there would be no need for the swivel function either, as the line is going to come off the winch at the same place all the time anyway.
I'm assuming you've already bought them but maybe they'd be better used elsewhere in the cockpit, on a line that has to be handled from a variety of different positions on the boat. (traveller or spin sheets maybe?)
Last edited by Faster; 09-27-2007 at 04:44 PM.