Capri 25 Sailboat Aluminum Cleat
Category: Sailboat hardware, mooring lines, rigging, line routing, small boats, sailboats
Problem: For some reason on the aft portion of either side of my Capri 22, instead of cleats for mooring lines there was a U-bolt kind of fitting in its place, perhaps used to secure some special blocks for racing. However, it means that there is not a quick and easy place for a mooring line to be secured.
Action: I wanted to leave the current fitting in place, however I wanted a standard cleat configuration to be attached to it. I took an aluminum rod and bent it so that it resembles a standard cleat configuration, but instead of a base it had a loop, essentially forming a “T” with a loop at the base. I connected this “cleat” to the U-bolt fitting with a shackle.
Result: It works great!
Additional Thoughts: For my purposes, I put the loop in the mooring line over the “cleat” and it holds fine. However, because it is loose and moves around, a double wrap of the mooring line loop around the “cleat” would compensate for any movement, should that be an issue, depending on the angle at which the mooring line was connected.
When idea was conceived: 1/4/11
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $5.00
Current status: Sold the boat – Cleat available for use.
Since it was originally done: This cleat configuration was on the side of the boat next to the dock. On the other side of the boat I had a carabiner looped through the U-bolt in case I need a quick release to tie up something on that side. The “cleat” is superior for mooring purposes to the carabiner, in my opinion, because the carabiner requires two hands to free the line, where the “cleat” only requires one.