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Old 29-08-2015, 22:35   #1
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Oversized Cleats

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Does anyone know where to source oversize T cleats from? Our friend has a 36' Malo and it came with macho man cleats that make ours look like the dainty school girl option.

I don't like that.

The plan is to move our existing cleats onto the deck so we can use them for the anchors and then replace them with some much larger cleats. Right now we can comfortably fit two 5/8" dock lines but we would really like to be able to fit three!
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Zboss, what do you mean by T cleat?
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A regular deck cleat.
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Dock Cleats and Boat Cleats
WEST MARINE Stainless-Steel Yacht Cleats | West Marine
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These show up in second hand boat stores all the time. The condition will vary, but it is a good alternative to buying new.

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In St. Augustine I would always start my search at Sailors Exchange.
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In St. Augustine I would always start my search at Sailors Exchange.
X2! That place is always my "go-to".

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Re: Oversized Cleats

I stock Seadog Stainless cleats up to 12 inch and I'll be glad to order the 15 or 18 inch.
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How big did you want to go?
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Those are all crappy cleats.

I mean a husky cleat. Specifically the ones on the Malo's look really good and have much much wider bases and are thicker by almost 2X the sedog ones.
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drill, arc welder, hacksaw, few bucks at the stainless steel supplier, make 'em as big as ya want...
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How about this Sea-Dog : Quality Marine, Industrial and Rigging Hardware

Or this Sea-Dog : Quality Marine, Industrial and Rigging Hardware

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Re: Oversized Cleats

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The plan is to move our existing cleats onto the deck so we can use them for the anchors and then replace them with some much larger cleats. Right now we can comfortably fit two 5/8" dock lines but we would really like to be able to fit three!
In my experience, it often turns out to be the midship cleats that suffer the most from under-sizing, they often have to be able to handle more lines led to them, than those at the bow and stern...

One solution, at least in the interim, is to make up a number of dyneema loops that can accommodate as many additional lines as you'd like... In any event, they are very handy to have aboard, can be pressed into service in multiple ways, particularly when running shore lines, or tying up to rough piers or walls where normal docklines might be easily abraded...

Sailor's Exchange always has a bunch of dyneema laying around, although I may have cleaned out their supply of Hot Pink...

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Jon, I really like that cleat-cover in the picture. Did you make it? I should have some of those to keep my flogging sheets from getting snagged.
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Those are great cleat chocks.
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Jon, I really like that cleat-cover in the picture. Did you make it? I should have some of those to keep my flogging sheets from getting snagged.
Second that, more info please.!

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