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Re: Catalina 27 - bow cleats strong enough for mooring?
I vaguely remember reading a thread about this a while back. IIRC this is a fairly common upgrade on Catalinas, but I have no real personal experience with this boat. There are a number of Catalina owners associations you may get a more knowledgeable response if you ask in one of them. For what it is worth adding backing plates is a relatively simple and inexpensive job if you have good access to the underside of the cleats. The fact that you are asking the question probably means that the cost and the time are probably well worth the peace of mind you will get if you do the job.