Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Knot failures
A lot of it depends on the relative sizes of rope and cleat. I can see where a rope that is too big for the cleat will jam up, essentially losing the cleat in the knot. If a rope has to be jammed under the ear of the cleat, turning it into a jam cleat, then it's not surprising that a large diameter rope would be tighter than could be easily loosened by hand. I don't see how a line properly sized for the cleat can bind up if tied right. +1 on NOT taking any extra wrap on the base. If extra wraps are taken, they should be after the standard first hitches.
I don't know how many of you have been to Green Cove Springs, where I keep my boat, but the pier is an old WWII Navy dock with GIGANTIC cleats (I mean like 3' long) that are almost humorous to use with small boats. Talk about having to take extra wraps!
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