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08-21-2008 10:14 AM
funjohnson The razor sounds like a good idea too.

I have access from below deck that will help make this a much easier process. I will also upgrade to bolts and washers to help support the cleat.
08-21-2008 08:48 AM
sailingdog If you're going to use Chuckles's Razor blade as putty knife trick, do yourself a big favor and round off the corners of the blade. It will go a long way to preventing the blade from digging in and gouging the gelcoat.
08-20-2008 07:28 PM
chucklesR A neat trick for patching the screw holes left behind - use a old fashioned razor as your putty knife, it is so smooth you can get away without sanding as the razor is smooth on it's edge.

Use either finger nail polish remover or acetone (the active ingredient to polish remover) and a q tip to wipe/scrub away the Marine tex that isn't part of the hole. I'd put tape around the hole to limit the clean up.
No one but you will know it's there.

But you'll always know

You will need to look to where the current clam cleat is fastened, is it simply screwed in, or is it mounted with bolts etc.. that might entail removing the liner from the cabin/getting under the cockpit coaming. If it's simply screwed in now you and you can get to the underside go ahead and upgrade to a bolt with a big finder washer to offer more support.
Assuming you normally take a few wraps around a winch and the cleat is simply to hold the line it might not take much to hold it, but bigger is always better.
08-20-2008 07:17 PM
Yep the DOG

and I are on the same page. Those are good cleats the the Dog picked out.

Here in windy and wet North Florida

Fair WInds

Cap'n Dave
08-20-2008 06:04 PM
funjohnson You guys are awesome! I'm about to order the cam cleats listed. This should be a great project for the holiday weekend.

Thanks again,

08-20-2008 04:59 PM
sailingdog I'm a big fan of these. LINK

08-20-2008 04:42 PM
zz4gta Just make sure they'll accept your size sheets.|118&id=295771
08-20-2008 04:34 PM
funjohnson Thanks for that info. Do you have any cam cleats you would recommend? Are there any bad ones?

That explains why I was not able to find much by searching "v-cleat"
08-20-2008 04:29 PM
sailingdog Unless you're using a large expanse of Marine-tex, you're not going to significantly weaken the deck by using it. The holes can be safely and easily filled using MT...

Just FYI—The "v-cleats" are actually called clam cleats.

The ones I have pictured are ones with an integrated fairlead.

Would also recommend you read the post in my signature... to get the most out of your time here on sailnet. Welcome to the asylum.
08-20-2008 04:16 PM
funjohnson Would the Marine Tex be as strong as the original fiberglass? I do not want to weaken the deck.
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