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    Default new old cam cleat

    After a couple of years of having a saved eBay Search for a "bronze cam cleat", a suitable one appeared for $40. I am delighted but I get blank stares at work when I explain that I got a Wilcox Crittenden bronze cam cleat to replace a horrible modern plastic one that works perfectly .... and it's probably 50 years old. The only comment was that the bronze cam cleat was clearly younger than me.



    Here's what I installed originally and tried to disguise:

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    and the new, older more suitable Bronze cam cleat:



    Now if I can just make the brass screws go green.

    Does anybody have an idea on the age of this Wilcox Crittenden cam cleat.

    Cheers, Mack
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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    Elegant! Three cheers!

    Alex

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    Yeah, although that wooden housing was kind of cool.

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    I’ve seen exactly that cleat on and off all my life, and on some really aged tired boats. I would toss the idea of easily 60 -70 years for the design. Keeping in mind they made those for decades.

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    If you figure those ARE brass screws, get em out now!
    You know they will crumble to dust .

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    ^ yeah I’ve watched that happen. Four or five years max and they’ll be gone in a marine environment, even above the waterline like that. The sucky part is when the heads twist off when your trying to replace them.

    Nice cleat.
    -Jim

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    I have the exact same cleat for my centerboard pennant. Great find.

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    Much better!

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    I may have been bidding against you for the cleat on eBay, unless it was one in Oz. I wouldn't have been willing to pay international shipping.
    If I had a dollar for every girl who found me unattractive, eventually they would find me attractive.

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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    Thanks WizB. I'll order proper bronze screws.
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    Default Re: new old cam cleat

    Ha rbgarr. Great minds.... It was described as a "Rope Lock" offered by ironbot. 'Not sure how I found it since Cam Cleat wasn't in the description. I use a snipe tool to set my final price. It bids at the last second.
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