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!