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Old 05-10-2016, 10:17   #16
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Re: In Marina for Hurricane Matthew

One issue with docks is how securely the cleats are attached. Consider lines around the piles if your are concerned.
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One issue with docks is how securely the cleats are attached. Consider lines around the piles if your are concerned.

Exactly what I was going to write. Don't use just cleats. Cleats are often just screwed into the horizontal boards of the dock, and often not backed with much. It doesn't take much wave to rip cleats out.

Loop though major supports on the dock itself. Go around the whole dock if you have to. You may elect to share your neighbor's cleats (which in itself can be good or bad depending on see-sawing). Put a line behind your boat to stop other boats and/or refuse from "docking" next to you if they break free.

Any chance they can pull your mast?

Just because YOU secure YOUR boat doesn't mean others will. Check other boats that may impact yours.
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Re: In Marina for Hurricane Matthew

Ensure cockpit drains are clear.

Stabilize roller foils.

Absolutely use the piles, too. Sometimes cleats are not through bolted.

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Re: In Marina for Hurricane Matthew

i popped a thrubolted cleat off my dock in isla navidad during patricia. the gusts make tugging on these cleats and if wood is at all rotted it will pop out. bam/ yup. then if you are tied to piling, make sure you donot have a lot of surge, as it could be an issue--must adjust for surge. i had tied to three pilings for pattybaby,and was glad i did. but she was a ha hellovalotmore storm than this is.
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Re: In Marina for Hurricane Matthew

To OP,
How have you fared in Beaufort?
We have a monohull sloop in Hampstead, it looks like Matt has veered away....
Yet we have no contact with yard as to conditions there.

Out of popcorn, waiting and praying...
Hope you are safe .
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