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Old 31-05-2012, 18:39   #1
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Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

How would you go about do this? At first I thought about a shackle through the center hole of the cleat, but the shackle has to be HUGE to get through my cleat. Then I thought of using some 1/4" Dyneema and lashing the block on. But I'm not sure what knot would be the best approach...so any ideas would be great.
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Old 31-05-2012, 18:55   #2
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I like to make a loop out of 1/4" Vectran (or Dyneema, etc) where each end is spliced back inside. Easy to do with 12 strand and seems very strong.

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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

I don't know how to splice.
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Old 31-05-2012, 19:07   #4
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

Im sure theres lots of examples online about spliceing, theres no better way to learn then to try!! I learned some as a boy, but learned a lot more from pictures and books! and every book ever written almost, is on line ! I can't remember the names of the books offhand, but others on here Im sure do! or ya can Google Spliceing line-rope Just a thought cus spliceing is really easier then it looks !
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Worth learning if you have Dyneema around. There are videos on YouTube - especially colligomarine.com has info as well as sells loops. Basically you're just feeding each end thru the center of the other half. If you poke them out properly you lock it like a Modified Brummell splice. look that up on YouTube.

Or just use a fisherman knot.

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Old 31-05-2012, 19:14   #6
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

I did watch a couple of videos just now and yes, it is very simple. About the same as the way we used to deal with ski ropes. I don't think splicing will work when a very small loop is the desired outcome. Not enough room to run the fid (or whatever it's called) through the core of the line. I think I'm going to be limited to some kind of knot, but I'm not sure the type knot to use.
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I've done similar with a modification of a lashing...

http://www.animatedknots.com/lashshe...matedknots.com
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

I use a short piece of flat webbing and make a loop out of it with a water knot or overhand knot. Very strong and easy to attach to the cleat and remove.
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

I'd also recommend a lashing by amsteel or dyneema. I just spent a few days on an Open 60 (spirit of Canada) and there were many blocks lashed on in exactly this way.
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

A webbing loop, folded, and a shackle onto it.

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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

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I don't know how to splice.
Tie a reef knot and sew the ends. Reduce chafe by leading the rope through some plastic tube at the cleat end.
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

Lash with about five turns of Dynema or Spectra
Then a simple sheet bend to join the ends together...
Do not make the loop very tight
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

Vote no. 3 for webbing. Simple, strong, cheap. Tie the block loosely to the lifeline with lashing twine to keep it from banging on the toe rail.
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Re: Best way to attach turning block to a cleat

A ready made option, ''Dyneema SK-75 Soft Connectors'' from West Marine.
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