I am now working as an apprentice in a well known wooden boat
yard. I've been derigging boats like mad which includes moving them and setting docklines often. This has made me appreciate the Bounty II arrangement of cleats
and other mooring
and anchoring deck hardware
First I have a real bulwark at the sheer. Not just a toe rail but 2-3" of hull
, and through the bulwark are let two large oval bronze
scuppers, one at the bow and one about three feet aft of the mast
, on both sides port and starboard of course. At the bow I have a giant 12" bronze
Herreshoff cleat bolted through the king plank with a big backer block, the windless drum, and two large cleats
on the inside of each bulwark about 6" abaft the scuppers, bolted through the hull
. So four independent large caliber attachment points. What a joy to moor! No over loaded cleats! No " I have to untangle this pile of frozen spaghetti to get to the cleat to adjust the spring line" nonsense for me.
The stern not so much. One large cleat, one good enclosed fairlead a little to starboard of amidships. Blah.
I run spring lines through the mid ships scuppers then aft to winches, cleats, whatever, which are abundant in the cockpit
Overall I can rig a very satisfactory attachment to anything. I am now living at a slip in the shipyard where I work
. Getting settled in for winter. Love my coal stove!