I have two existing stern cleats
, about 5" or 6" long, and two fairleads (black polymer) and I was planning to replace them with with SS. Also, the stern cleats
only accept about 3/8" line (comfortably), so I was planning to bump up the size to accept 1/2" or 5/8" line. I think I can do this with 8" cleats.
(1) Holes mismatch. The new bole hole locations do not match the old ones. I am not worried about strength, as there is plenty of stern material between the old and new holes. However, I was wondering the best way to seal the old holes. My stern rail is teak
, on top of fiberglass
. Is it okay to simply fill the holes with epoxy
? The new hardware
will cover the old holes, so I am not so worried about cosmetics.
(2) Fairleads choice. The existing are angled, but my boat is short enough that sometimes the tie-off is behind the stern, not ahead of it. Not a big deal, but I figure less chafing, if I go neutral on the fairleads (instead of angled). Comment?
(3) Design question. This may seem like a strange question, but I was wondering if it is possible to make the stern cleats too stout? The smaller ones that are there seem like under a really big load, that they might rip out, before taking the stern with them. Is there any risk with larger cleats of building it too strong? Btw, if I were to use a stern anchor
, I would most likely rig to both cleats, thus halving any load.
Ha, maybe I am suffering analysis paralysis, so help me clear the fog
if you can. Thanks.