Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
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Re: There She (Fiberglass/ Stern Cleat Torn Out) Blows !
Great time to look at winches. The PO of my boat added a new winch, but the mounting was hidden above the liner. In a good breeze I tore the sucker out, and just missed losing it. No backing plate under a cored deck. It is a very solid boat, but the builder had not planed on a winch at that location, and the PO didn't even use washers. The nuts crushed the core and started to pull through. It has a big FRP plate now.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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