Bow Cleat Strength

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Postby Guest » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:44 pm

There was some discussion about the strength of the little "D' ring cleat vs a 'standard' cleat on the bow. I am happy to report that my J-80 just went thru a tremendous storm (remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto). We had 35 hours of sustained 35 to 45 knot winds with gusts in the 60's, and a pounding 3 or 4 foot surf inside the mooring field. I had secured an additional safety mooring line wrapped around the mast just in case the "D" ring broke, but it rode it out just fine. We lost numerous boats from our club. A number of power boats sunk and sail boats washed away, but I am very happy to report that my J-80 fared just fine.
Kent Holden
#444 "Sparky"
Riverside CT

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Postby Guest » Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:38 pm

J Spot survived Katrina. I used twelve lines tied to a floating dock. Three of the lines chafed through. I used the D ring cleat, and also lead additional forward lines to the mast. The after lines and springs were lead to the after D rings and winches. The boat was fine except for some damage to the transom caused by a boat that broke loose.

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Postby Guest » Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:48 pm

My 2001 J/Composite (now J/Europe) built J/80 does not have any sort of cleat or line chock for use to docking or anchoring. I use the eyelet on the bottom of the bow/stern pulpet and the stanchions for tying off. However, they are not suitable for anchoring and I have been considering at least putting a line chock on the port side of the bow for use with an anchor (that I would tight off on the mast). Any thoughts on this issue?
Terry Burke
#405 TopNotch

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Postby erik_wirta » Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:19 am

I put a 200mm aluminium folding cleat made by GOIOT in place of the little D-ring in the middle of the foredeck of my J-Composites FRA497. It works great and snags neither toes nor sheets. The attached picture from the manufacturer shows it open, if you like I can shoot it for you closed and installed on the boat.
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