So I busted a cast iron cleat while doing some work on the bow. 14" long. Managed to hit it a glancing blow with a hammer, not real hard, and the horn snapped right off. Kinda scary how easy it broke. They are welded on, steel hull
, so I cut it off with a grinder. While doing that I wacked the other horn, just for giggles, and it broke to, but not as easily.
I bought a replacement, came with CHINA
stamped on the side.
Looking at buying
new SS clets put me into sticker shock.
Someone here mentioned making your own cleats
. I've got some 1" heavy wall SS tube, 0.12" sidewall. A cleat would be easy enough to weld up.
My gut says that the 1" heavy wall is plenty good enough. Better than the cast iron. Anyone here have an opinion on this?