Re: Making Cleats
I've heard that wooden cleats are kinder to ropes and less likely to chafe through as quickly. Or at least that's the rationalization I used when carving these elm cleats for Rowan. I like to drill the mounting bolt through-holes first before cutting out the cleat shape so that I can get them accurate and centered while the board edges are still all straight and square.
I've got no less than nine locust cleats on Phoebe that need either refinishing or in many cases replacing. I kinda like carving cleats. . . .but seven of them could be replaced with belaying pins and a pin rail instead. . . .hmmm. . . .pondering. . . . .
Be sure to check out my upcoming book: Satan's Sailboat--How the Flat-Bottomed Sharpie is a Clear Sign of the Coming Apocalypse, available soon on Kindle and in bookstores near you.