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Mast cleats, how many

Hi everyone,

I'm just curious about how many cleats everyone has at the base of
their masts. I've just finished repainting my mast, and need to attach
new cleats.

On my boat (1965 Alberg 30) I have nothing running back to the cockpit.

I have (had) 8 cleats within the first two feet of my mast. Two 6
inch cleats for the main & jib halyards, a little 4 inch exactly aft
used for a downhaul. But them I have 4 more 5 inch cleats just under
the halyard cleats. I can't for the life of me remember if I ever used
them for anything meaningful. I use one to tie off the flag
halyard..but that's all I can remember. I haven't flown my spinnaker
yet, would the four 5 inch cleats be for spinnaker halyard & toppings

Here's a picture from a few weeks ago before I removed the cleats:

If anyone is interested, here's a few pics of the setup I used to paint:

Essentially, I removed all of the hardware which was not easy. I
stripped the old paint, filled any unneeded holes with thickened
epoxy, then washed and sanded to 150 grit. Washed again with soap and
water scrubbing with a brown 3m pad. I then gave it a quick wipe to
dry then applied Alumiprep...rinsed, then Alodine..then rinsed again.
Once dry, I started in with the coats of two-part primer. For final
paint, I've got 5 coats of System Three's two part LPU. Since it has
been so warm, the paint was tricky to apply via rolling & tipping.
After the 4h coat I lightly sanded before the final coat.

All in all not as bad as I thought. Now to put everything back on .
Preserved Killick

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Re: Mast cleats, how many

Nice job on the paint

I am leaving the Cal 29 mast in its original clear anodized due to the carnage of yearly stepping

They do not look original as on most older boats there are winches on the mast for the high loads

I still use one winch for the roller furling jib halyard and one for the spinnaker and you would need a topping lift and downhaul for the pole

The bigger issue with the spinnaker is having winches in the cockpit for the sheet and guy as it can get a bit wild trying to change between it and the jib with just two winches

All the stuff for the furling main is run back to the cockpit and i can control everything without going forward which is nice for singlehanded days

I just installed 3 more blocks to lead the boom topping lift back to the cockpit as the Hood Stoboom is really heavy and to furl correctly it has to be at the 87 deg angle

1970 Cal 29 Sea Fever

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