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Old 02-12-2011, 07:55 AM   #8
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securing the dinghy

After having the same complaint as you for several years, I had two 8" cleats mounted below my davits, about 12" above the swim platform. Work great.* This was part of a greater project, as I had SS braces built so my davits could lift more weight without torquing the bulwarks and cracking the teak cap rail.** In the process, welding a cleat to the lower leg of each brace seemed appropriate, and turned out every bit as useful as hoped for.
You wouldn't have to do anything more than bolt cleats through the transom, with adequate backing plates.*
That location is great for a side tie, when you need a line to hold the stern in for boarding, and to use the hole through the bulwark would leave a vertical lead.

-- Edited by koliver on Saturday 12th of February 2011 11:27:57 AM
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