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Small Cleat

I was working with a family on their new to them trailer sailor a 23.5' hunter.


It only has one bow cleat. I would like to tie two breast lines and one spring line to the cleat but I don't think the cleat is large enough
for three dock lines.

What would you suggest?

The PO set him up with two breast line terminating to a shackle that is clipped to the hoop that is used to pull the boat onto the trailer.

The boat is going to be a floating dock for the season and I don't think I like that solution.

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Re: Small Cleat

I had a single, reasonable sized cleat on the bow of my Bristol 27. I wanted two cleats for our mooring, so, I added 2 more. Then I had 3. That was really nice to have 3 cleats in a few situations. If adding more cleats is not going to work, I wonder if they could get along with thinner dock lines. They could add chafe gear, and, if they are at the boat a lot, could check on the lines often.

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Re: Small Cleat

Does the cleat have an open base? or is it solid base horn cleat? If it has an open base, use the the legs of the base for the breast line and the horn for the spring. If the horn will accommodate two lines, make the breast line a long one, cleat it in the middle of the line and take the ends to the dock. Then cleat the spring over that or visa versa.
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Re: Small Cleat

Something to think about, how well mounted is it? When I got into this I found Ii needed to put in a backing plate under the deck. If the cleat is a larger one, e.g. one you could use if being towed you might want a four bolt cleat instead of a two bolt one.

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