Break, curse, fix, repeat
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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Thanks sailingdog, that all makes sense and is good info. I'm not too surprised there have been few responses to this question because it is a bit esoteric. Not many people have experience with failing cleats or conditions that would stress them enough to break.
Part of my interest in this is just this question. On boats, as elsewhere, there is always a stronger way to do something, but that is not always the best way. It is an easy trap to seek strength at all costs, given the rational fear of calamity, and yet we don't use 1 inch wire on our rigging because you can't tension it properly. We don't build hulls that are 2 inch thick solid glass in all places. We make trade offs with weight and expense that will stand up to what is asked of them.
This is the heart of my question about aluminum cleats. I've never seen or heard of one failing, though there is no doubt that stainless has superior qualities. Is it situation where they are used extensively on production boats because they are plenty strong enough and lighter, or for some other reason. Cost-wise they are about the same as stainless, so that doesn't seem to be the driver here.
Remain curious on this point, and may just have to live with it!!
Bainbridge Island, WA
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