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TortolaTim

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Mast Cleat
« on: November 23, 2021, 01:02:54 PM »

Do any of you guys have your genoa halyard cleated off on the mast? I'm thinking of doing it to free up a clutch on the cabin top for 2-line reefing. I was doing some reading on cruisers forum and a bunch of them were talking about riveting a small plate of aluminum to the mast to thicken the amount of aluminum that the machine screws "bite" thus securing the cleat more effectively. One even suggested "through-bolting" I think this sounds like complete overkill, but am I missing something here? Seems to me that based on the direction of force from a cleated halyard would be relatively low and 2 high quality stainless machine screws would be sufficient, but I'm just a pilot, not an engineer.  :D
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Tim Callico
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Re: Mast Cleat
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2021, 01:34:57 PM »

I had a cleat on the mast for the main a while back.  Took it off but never had an issue with 2 tapped stainless screws.  It seems like a belt and suspenders approach to rivet an extra plate but the genoa my induce higher loads.
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Jim Hardesty

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Re: Mast Cleat
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2021, 04:54:22 PM »

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Do any of you guys have your genoa halyard cleated off on the mast?

The problem with that as I see it is halyard tension.  A few decades past the normal set-up was a winch and cleat on the mast.
Jim
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Jim Hardesty
2001 MKII hull #1570 M35BC  "Shamrock"
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Jon W

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Re: Mast Cleat
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 07:11:27 PM »

I use a rope clutch to store the jib/headsail halyard on the port side of mast. I have another rope clutch on the starboard side of the mast for the spinnaker.
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Re: Mast Cleat
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 08:33:26 PM »

I’ve made my own halyard track on the mast, two of them since I also have a in-mast main. Both my halyards stay at the mast and there’s no tail to deal with. That also gives me the extra room for other lines in the cockpit. I now have 6 control lines.
« Last Edit: November 23, 2021, 08:47:45 PM by LogoFreak »
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