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I would go with two cleats.
- It makes handling port and starboard lines easier, since they're not tied to the same cleat.
- It allows you to setup primary and secondary mooring pendants a lot easier.
- It spreads the load over more area of the deck.
- It gives you a backup if one of the cleats gets damaged or rips out. If you only have one cleat and it tears out...you're screwed.
- Finally, when securing the boat for a storm, having two cleats allows you to use more lines than a single cleat would.
BTW, my boat came with a single bow cleat, and I installed two larger cleats in its place.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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