1. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    Sooner or later I'll need to dock this old boat I'm restoring and now seems as good a time as any to buy some new cleats.

    Since it's an older boat I'm looking at "traditional" stuff, no flip ups or pop ups.

    She's 25 1/2' and about 7500 lbs. so I'm figuring 1/2" dock lines and 8" cleats, stainless steel would seem the best choice.

    There are cleats that use 4 one quarter inch mounting bolts, there are also cleats that attach with 2 studs (5/16") making the look a little cleaner since there are no visible screw heads. Any advantages between the two or perhaps someone has a better idea?

    I did a search on the subject but came up empty.

    Thanks for any thoughts,

    MIA
     
  2. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    Whichever you use, (I would use similar style to that which was there before, if you know what it is) it should have reinforcement below to keep fittings from pulling through the deck.
     
  3. waikikin
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    I'd go for the 4 hole base. Jeff.
     
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  4. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    The four hole has a wider pattern and spread the load better. If you have the space, it is a better setup.
     
  5. wsvoboda
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    wsvoboda Junior Member

    I have an old wooden boat and use bronze 4 hole cleats
     
  6. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    Thanks for the replies. I ordered 6 stainless steel (316) cleats, open base with 4 mounting holes. It's getting a little easier to make something out of nothing as my woodworking skills improve. A little time with the planer, jigsaw, router and sander turns some scrap birds eye maple flooring material into some pretty nice pads and backer plates for those new cleats. Now all I need is 1/4 - 20 machine screws and some thick fender washers and I'll be ready for the drill press. Then paint.

    Regards,

    MIA
     

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  7. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    Sounds great!
    Looks great!
    Seal the through-hull fittings well to protect against rot.
     
  8. Silver Raven
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    Silver Raven Senior Member

    Gooday 'missing'. Consider - VERY CAREFULLY the importance of having the 'cleats' stay put - when asked to work at the top end of pressure. Use blots through the deck & do not use screws - - you will live to regret using screws - - of that I'm totally sure.

    Good luck with your project. Some pics of the whole project - when you are finished. Ciao, james
     
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  9. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

  10. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Use nylon insert lock nuts, instead of conventional nuts and lock washers.
     

  11. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    NY-locs it is PAR.:)
     
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