Originally Posted by Chief Engineer
I look at it this way, and correct me if I am wrong.
Methuselah Yachts want to build 50 "Old Fogey 36's"
They are going to need 50 engines, 50 masts, 50 sails
, 300 cleats
, 100 winches etc etc.
They put those items out for bid.
Just like the plate in a Jet Fighter......"Remember this plane was built by the LOWEST bidder"
What does this have to do with the original question except ANSWER it? So now you've admitted why boat owners change and upgrade things because the MANUFACTURER may have cut serious corners in favor of the LOWEST price
I'm sure many PE@R$0N owners would not like to find out the hard way that the factory installed cleats
they rely on to hold their boat to a mooring
are hollow pieces of junk, as a fellow Mainer did...
Many owners upgrade or change things for VERY good reasons, because they were NOT done right to begin with! To flat out assume the manufacturer is divine and always makes the BEST choices is quite a stretch any way you slice it up..
This is one example of an area I would surely want to "deviate" from the factory installed choice..
And the results of some number crunchers cost cutting tactics..
Now c'mon those cleats are not even pool float quality let alone robust enough for a 36 foot sloop
. The cleats on my old Catalina 36
were very similar and replaced with massive Herreshoff cleats before she was even launched.
Photos courtesy of Kismet.