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 09:48 AM
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 08:28 PM
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 08:17 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
08-20-2008 07:04 PM
You guys are awesome! I'm about to order the cam cleats listed. This should be a great project for the holiday weekend.