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04-15-2014 02:36 AM
Barquito
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Here is an idea for handling the heavier loads of a halyard without popping for a rope clutch. It also provides a way to store the tail. They mounted two cam cleats in line (I understand this is common on racing boats).

04-14-2014 09:45 PM
Alex W
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

That is a Lewmar clutch, they are usually highly regarded. I am curious about how that one failed. I use and like them because they release well under load.

Dave_E: Fisheries Supply in Seattle has a huge range of cleats to choose from. They have pretty much every product mentioned in this thread in stock.

Greg: I use those same Ronstan hooks in the cockpit of my boat for managing lines. I hadn't considered hanging two on the mast for jib and spin halyards, but it's a pretty good idea. A halyard bag mounted at the base of the mast would also do the trick.
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
mad_machine
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Greg,

not so much the failure.. but the mechanism itself. My ancient Sea Sprite as a tiny little bronze cleat on the mast that can be a bit of a pain to get a line secured to and even harder to unsecure
04-12-2014 03:56 PM
Stumble
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Look on e-bay. Get a few and polish them.

For those that have cam cleats and line clutches, what exactly do you do with the long tail of line? I was about to replace a horn cleat on my mast, hadn't even thought of that problem.

(sorry for the slight thread drift)
I use halyard hangers like ( Ronstan Utility Hanger (2 Pack) ). They work much better than trying to jam a halyard onto a horn. And while they have bolt holes, I just epoxy them places, all over the cockpit, near winches, ect. For a couple of bucks they make storing coiled lines easy.



Mad Machine,

Those is a cheap clutch that failed quite embarisingly. Since the load is in line, to have the plate open like that indicates a pretty weird failure method.
04-12-2014 02:33 PM
mad_machine
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Seadog is kind of "bottom of the line" gear. Fine for small skiffs and such that don't see any really ugly loads.

Your boat is 31 feet. Instead of cleats, you might investigate line clutches.

Somebody tell me about these.
04-12-2014 02:12 PM
Barquito
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

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Guess I'll have to go on line. Boy are these hummers pricey!
Look on e-bay. Get a few and polish them.

For those that have cam cleats and line clutches, what exactly do you do with the long tail of line? I was about to replace a horn cleat on my mast, hadn't even thought of that problem.

(sorry for the slight thread drift)
04-12-2014 12:27 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

You could buy ordinary aluminum cleats, and have them powder coated black.
04-12-2014 12:11 PM
Dave_E
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Thanks for the feedback everyone. The cleats on the mast and boom are of "old style" horned and jam cleat (open bottom) type and I do use the horns for line organization. I had no intention of going to a different method of cleating, but when I could not not readily find replacement aluminum (black) cleats I asked the question. Guess I'll have to go on line. Boy are these hummers pricey!

Dave
04-12-2014 11:40 AM
pcmm
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

the only place for nylon cleats is on the store shelf. they have no place on a boat, one horn invariable breaks at the wrong time use eithercam cleats or proper aluminum horn cleats
04-12-2014 11:29 AM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Nylon or aluminum cleats on mast?

Seadog is kind of "bottom of the line" gear. Fine for small skiffs and such that don't see any really ugly loads.

Your boat is 31 feet. Instead of cleats, you might investigate line clutches.

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