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Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

I was talking to my neighbor yesterday on our gloating docking platform. He was a wealth of knowledge but I forgot to asking where I could get a Midships cleat for my Genoa Track that he mentioned. I was having trouble docking and tying off. the docking trouble is for another Post. I saw the discussion on the cleat here but not where I could find them. Can I get one at Defender West Marine or a local ships goods store?

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

Schaefer and Garhauer Marine both make these types of cleats. For Garhauer, google them and order direct. For Schaefer, check West Marine or Defender. I have Schaefer track cleats and like them, but they are expensive. Garhauer makes good equipment and may be a bit less expensive.
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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

My boat has midship cleats but they are not on the track. Funny.. I almost never use them even. except for the spring line. A couple of years ago on Chesapeake bay we had lines aft, mid and bow. pulling up to a pump out in Annapolis, the attendant didn't know what to do with the midship line when my son tossed it to him. so.. go figure...
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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

This begs the question; should spring lines be run to a midship cleat or to the bow and stern cleats?
Where they are cleated will determine how long they are. Longer lines can handle more tidal surge, so when faced with that situation you probably don't want them mid ship. For benign conditions mid ship cleats can be handy for like dropping a line onto to keep from running into the pier....
And then, is this not just one more thing for a jib sheet to foul upon?
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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

Our midhip cleat is the first one I use when single handing. Spring line from starboard aft first... so I dont hit the bow into the dock with the dock box,,,,spring line from the bow next so I dont blow back out of the slip. Once I am "captured' in my slip I can walk around and pick up and cleat my other lines.

Storm surge and abnormal tides require adjutment when they occur. All of our lines work together when leaving the slip.

we use our midship cleat extensively. It is on our jib track and it is one of the Schaffer ones with the quick pins vs the old time ones with the screw

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

Just curious, but in TX and MD, don't your docks roll up and down fixed pilings?
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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

In av lot of places in MD on the Chessie the tidal change does not warrant floating docks. Ours is a fixed dock.

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

I just purchased and installed a schaefer cleat for a genoa track last week. Mine was 1 1/4".

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...

Defender has it for $89.00 plus shipping. My Marina had two in stock, so I grabbed them.
They come in a couple of track sizes, so measure your track.

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Re: Midship cleat for a Genoa Track

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Just curious, but in TX and MD, don't your docks roll up and down fixed pilings?
Not necessarily. I'm on an old fashion pier and beam wooden dock. Newer ones are floating docks with tall piers to handle storm surge. Normal tide is about a foot.
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