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Hello from Texas!

I'll just take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Robert, and I'm from Texas. I've been into sailing off and on for a few years, but never owned a boat of my own. I recently aquired a small dinghy(some little 13' boat with and enclosed hull. It's cat-rigged with no jib. The model name is Butterfly, forget the make), so I'm hoping to re-light the fire, so to speak. I havent taken it out on the water yet, it needs a few minor repairs before I put it in the water. Nothing major, it's just missing a grab rail(which I have) and a few missing rivets here and there. It also lacks an outhual. I may also do some minor modifications to the rigging here and there, like changing to a jam-cleat for the downhual instead of a standard horn cleat(I think that's what they are called).

so, I'll finish this introduction with a couple quick questions, and hope they get answered:

What would be the best style cleat to use for the outhaul and downhaul? I was thinking of using jamcleats for both, they are rather simple, and the boat isnt overly large, so they should work well.

Would it be a good idea to somehow fasten the daggerboard and tiller so they wont fall off the boat if I capsize it?
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