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george nagy posted 11-03-2000 10:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I have an 87 outrage 18 and would like to add two bow cleats. I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for doing so.
dfmcintyre posted 11-04-2000 05:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
George -

You want to mount them about where the curve of the gunnel starts, or inside on the vertical portion of the hull?

At any rate, the only way I could think of doing it, would be to have a back plate fabricated out of either aluminum or stainless steel, and drill through the hull, and attach to the plate. Anything less (i.e. without a plate) and you risk pulling the cleat out of the hull.

It might take a little engineering, since your dealing with a curved area, but a good fabrication shop would be able to come up with one. If your located in SE Michigan, I'll recommend one.

The easy way would be to make the plate, drilled with the holes and through bolted. The more, uh, "elegant" way would be to have the plate made with hollow threaded shafts welded on the back. This way when placing the screws in to the cleat, they go through the hull, and hit the shafts, and tighten down, not exposing a washer/nut on the outside of the boat. If you look at the bow rails of the Montauk series, that is how they attached the support stanchions. Nifty.

Best - Don

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