Should I use pull-up cleats on fishing boat ?

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  1. hyboats
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    hyboats Junior Member

    In appendix there is pull-up cleat picture, someone said it is very suitable for fishing boat. Someone said no use. :confused::confused:
    Another question for the center console windscreen should I use tempered glass or acrylic ?
    I talked over with special glass manufacturer, it is very expensive to make it, the lowest order number is 300pics. My god :mad:
    But my customer said acrylic is easy distortion in shape.
    Acrylic is easy to do and much lower price.
     

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  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Expensive (meaning the cleat). Not very handy either. You need two hands to use it. Probably good for a private boat/swim dock to protect kids from stubbing their toes
     
  3. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Flush Cleats are ok for a fishing boat !!
    The screen , use acrylic every time , what kind of distortion ??
    Glass is dangerous even tempered glass is dangerous. :D:p:)
     
  4. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Yes and Acrylic.

    -Tom
     
  5. Stumble
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    I used folding instead of pop up cleets since I didn't relish the idea of drilling larger holes than necessary into my deck. The convienance of having them out of the way is really desirable, and has saved my toes a few times. But I wouldn't trust them longer than a few days of nice weather at a time.
     
  6. leaky
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    leaky Senior Member

    On the cleats - they come standard in Stamas, or at least I've seen them on a couple.. Yep I think they are tip top for a fishing boat. It's one less thing for lines to get tangled on.

    We nearly ripped that style cleat out once (ie taking the fiberglass with it) with one corner of the transom underwater, while trying to budge an anchor tangled up in a gillnet off the bottom. They are not fragile at all.

    The other option for a fishing boat, if you really want clean gunnels, are hawse pipes with the cleat inside.. IMHO these suck unless there is a true need for them though. It just takes more effort to add/remove them, fine for pre-set docklines, a PITA if you just want to tie off for a minute.
     
  7. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    If the cleats are to be out of the way of lines or feet, then pulling them up is going to be part of how they are used. Yet I can't imagine how coming in and tying up would go smoothly when two cleats have to be pulled up by a lone fisherman who is also fighting a current, wind, waves, throttling back, etc..
    I probably am missing something though. Seems that suddenly you're discovering that the cleats are in "foot-safe" mode when you wished they were ready to drop a loop over.
     
  8. leaky
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    leaky Senior Member

    Those style cleats pop up. They are spring loaded, so you push the button and they pop up and lock.

    There's no doubt in my mind a poorly built model would fail, however the style I've used, which are quite heavy & large, about 10 inches total length by memory, were very solid and still worked perfectly 5 years later.
     

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    topwater Junior Member

    got em on my 250 Stamas. I like them a lot. They're push button, pop up and push down to lock. They are only on the stern cleats on the Stamas.
    When they are down they're out of the way. Never had a problem with them ever.
     
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