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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Here is a pic of my mooring bit. I really like its versatility for anchoring, docking, sea anchor, and emergency towing. I have a large 12"x12" piece of G10 backing plate under it and 4 large bronze bolts holding it down- all very stong.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Casey, Thanks for the photo. Any advantage of having the rod go fore-aft rather than port-starboard?
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

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Casey, Thanks for the photo. Any advantage of having the rod go fore-aft rather than port-starboard?
I thought about what way it should go before mounting. I think it looks better going port-starboard, but in that direction there is more of a chance of hitting the bar with your foot (and maybe tripping) when doing work at the bow, especially in rough conditions. It makes no differance when tying lines, although I have found since installing, it may be easier to tie off the lines with the bar mounted fore-aft as mine is. The mooring bit does take up space, and I probably could have used the next size down, but I'd rather have too big than too small.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Something to think about is the number of bolts on the cleat and size of the backing plate. They are usually undesized for the possible loads. I's go for a 4-bolt cleat and make a stainless steel backing plate about the size of a sheet of paper, or what fits. The loading problem will occur if you have to get a tow and need to use the cleat for the tow line.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Yea. I agree with you. There's too much riding on a cleat or bitt to skimp on installation. I'll be using the largest backing plate I can.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Mooring bits are usually far stronger than cleats, and can take more line before becoming filled up. I prefer bits.
On a small boat, a super strong eye in the top of the stem, with a good backup plate inside, will eliminate chafe,when on a mooring.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

I have just read in another thread how dangerous cleats are so I would sugest to go with a bit.
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Matt also used a West Maine (316 stainless steel) mooring bit on his Contessa 26 and had nothing but good things to say about it:
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

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On a small boat, a super strong eye in the top of the stem, ...
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I don't know what you mean by this. Can you explain it or post a picture?
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Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

I plan on getting rid of both my cleats next year for a mooring bit. I like them more and right now my ckeats have no chockes so the bow if the boat acts as the chock its bad. So i plan to make the area were the cleats are for chocks
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