Re: Making Cleats
I'll second the suggestion for belaying pins. They are very effective and MUCH harder to snag sheets and lines on. I have two sets on my 16' dory skiff - one set of two for the bowsprit with the starboard pin used for the loop to the jib tack and port pin for anchor or painter, the other set of four for the mast's main, jib and flag halyards plus topping lift.
That said, another plus to making your own cleats is that you can not only build it for the correct line, but also angle it for best strength. Hervey Garrett Smith and others clearly describe how to do this for various cleat positions.
Last edited by Thorne; 01-16-2011 at 12:47 PM.
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