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Jon W

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Re: Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2022, 07:05:49 PM »

FWIW - Regarding the statement "don't trust a cam cleat", my other boat is a Prindle 16 I bought new in 1983. It's mainsheet is rigged with a Harken triple with a cam cleat. The jib sheets are rigged with a Port and Stbd Harken single each with a cam cleat. I've sailed that boat off and on for 30+ years both offshore in the Pacific Ocean, and in Mission Bay. Based on the effort I've needed to adjust the sails in various wind conditions, I believe the continuous loads are higher on my Prindle 16 than adjusting the headsail roller furler of my 1987 Catalina 34. Never had a problem with a cam cleat, and never felt unsafe (at least about the cam cleat :D). YBYC
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Re: Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2022, 10:05:30 PM »

I have to agree regarding the cam cleat.  Its design inherently tightens its grip with load. 
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Re: Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2022, 07:43:58 AM »

To be clear, I didn’t say I don't trust cam cleats. Its just that I don’t trust the one on my boat.

Thank you for all the advice above. It led me to a great solution - a stanchion cleat.
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Re: Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2022, 10:06:07 AM »

Coincidentally, two weeks ago the Harken ratchet block with cam cleat I used for my furling line exploded spilling torlon bearings all over the deck.  After seeing Noah's set-up, I ordered his pushpit mounted block w/cam cleat from Garhauer and mounted it in the same location.  It is a much improved solution and allows for easier, more ergonomic, furling from behind the helm.

Thanks Noah!

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Re: Adding a Roller Reefing Cleat
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2022, 07:37:08 PM »

FWIW - Regarding the statement "don't trust a cam cleat", my other boat is a Prindle 16 I bought new in 1983. It's mainsheet is rigged with a Harken triple with a cam cleat. The jib sheets are rigged with a Port and Stbd Harken single each with a cam cleat. I've sailed that boat off and on for 30+ years both offshore in the Pacific Ocean, and in Mission Bay. Based on the effort I've needed to adjust the sails in various wind conditions, I believe the continuous loads are higher on my Prindle 16 than adjusting the headsail roller furler of my 1987 Catalina 34. Never had a problem with a cam cleat, and never felt unsafe (at least about the cam cleat :D). YBYC

You’re always there when using those cam cleats.  When you furl the jib and leave the boat no one is around if the cam lets loose…. 
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