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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

I am with chef2sail, the sprig line is very handy. Also, when your dock is not as long as the boat, it is imperative to tie a spring line.
My current boat does not have one and I need one fast.

I have two questions on this:

1) Is the genoa track strong enough to handle the loads (my boat is 13K pounds) or am I better off installing a dedicated cleat with four bolts.

2) Where would be the ideal location - if I place it too far forward it will tend to pull the bow in, too far aft it will pull the stern in. Can I find the ideal spot using math calculations or do I have to "play" with the boat to learn its "turning" points?

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

The nice part about ther moveable Schafer which Tempest and I both have is that is is adjustable. When rafting to larger sailboats or smaller ones it can be moved forward or rearward accordsing to needs. It can also be pulled away when sailing so the jib sheets dont get caught in it.

when docking I have it set in the beamiest part of the boat...in my boats case almost dead amidships as we are swept back in the aft end.

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

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I used it for the 1st time yesterday, while docking single handed and it makes life so much easier. Stepping off and tying the boat off with a short mid-ship breast line, kept the boat in place, while I attached the other lines.

I don't know why I didn't buy it sooner...

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Yes!! I tell people this all time. Rather than scrambling back and forth between the bow and stern before the wind blows the boat away at one end.
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