08/11/2012 12:52 PM Pacific Time Has anyone replaced the bow and ster deck cleats on a C22? Our recently acquired 1987 has the original metal cleats which are quite sturdy, but too small to get more than a 1/2" line on, and only a single line. We are moored in SE Florida and exposed to some nasty storms in season. I would like to "double up" and go to a heavier line. Also the bow cleats would be dificult to get a sizeable tow line or mooring pendent onto.
The solution seems to require getting to the underside of the existing cleats for removal and/or installing new cleats? Any advice would be appreciated.
Ron Brassord Lighthouse Point Fl
Lynn Buchanan Nevada City, CA
Boat Name: SAILYNN
Model/Year: SWING 1984
Hull No. 11994
Hailing Port: SCOTTS FLAT LAKE, CA
08/12/2012 10:21 AM Pacific Time You might consider making up a bridle made of vinyl covered wire to attach to each cleat eye and then attach your mooring line to the bridle if you are on a ball. Make sure your cleats have a good backing. You should be able to access them, or cut a hole in the inner liner and cover with wood, small louvered flat vent or removable 3" access cover Never tried replacing with a larger cleat, but do know if you have the 1 " genoa tracks, Catalina Direct sells a mooring cleat made for adding to tracks that can be added for spring lines midship. With this you wouldn't have to have mega large cleats on the bow. Usually in storm situations the culprit isn't too small of lines, it's line chafe. So no matter which way you go be sure to add additonal covering on your line at the chafe areas. Hope this gives you some ideas.