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Old 08-02-2009, 10:21   #1
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Lightbulb Seizing Nylon Cleats to Wire - Flag halyards, light load-bearing cleats, etc.

Hey all,

Rather than use point-loading bulldog-style clamping cleats on my shrouds, I like to seize nylon cleats with tarred nylon seine twine. I use a rasp to make a recession in the cleats, providing a race for the twine to seat in and prevent it from being chafed by whatever is made off to the cleat.

I have three little cleats mounted for flag halyards, with blocks seized on the wire above and 1/8" dacron line running through with 3/8" bronze snaps on each end for attaching to flag grommets. I also have a couple larger cleats seized to my forward lower shrouds for making off my jib downhaul and spinnaker sock lines when in use.

Perhaps someone will find photos useful. I apologize for their being so dark - I didn't shoot the photos until dark, but I did try to adjust the contrast/brightness to make everything visible:











Bronze clips on the end of flag halyards. Clipped to one another when not in use, and clipped to a flag's grommets when used. This keeps the flag's luff tight:


I am aware this is not the best example of a seizing, but in my defense, I was working with on hand and without a harness on (stupid, yeah), about 8' from the masthead...


This is a small stainless tear-drop rope thimble seized to the lower after shroud, just below the spreader, as a fairlead for my stackpack's supports/lazyjacks. I'll be adding chafe protection to the line where it reeves through the thimble:


You can see more photos of my boat and all the projects and stuff by clicking the link in my signature.

Hope these help someone!

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Old 08-02-2009, 22:40   #2
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Some of my pictures disappeared! Oh noes!

Where did they go? Did a mod take some off?

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Aaron,

Great idea, I see myself trying it out. What did you use to wrap around the wire brfore the mounting of the cleat.....looks like a tape of some kind?

And I have waxxed sting but not tarred. Where does one find that?
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Since this introduces leveraged point loads on the shroud, they should be removed occasionally to inspect for bent wires and corrosion. Even a small burgee whipping in the breeze generates a lot of high cycle fatigue.
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Seacap,

The parcel is a black cloth-based tape that is saturated and coated with a tar-like substance. Whatever the coating is, it is not sticky to the skin, but clings well to metal, and adheres to itself when tension is applied. I believe it can be purchased from R&W Ropes
< www.rwrope.com > and is called something along the lines of "self-amalgamating rigging parcel tape". It can also be found in industrial fishing supply stores. R&W Ropes also sells tarred seine twines, Davie Co. Hardware, and other traditional marine stuff.

It is not the plasticized "rigging tape" West Marine sells.

DWT,

I buy my seine twines from RW Ropes (www.rwrope.com).

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