Editorial March 2010 Issue

Ode to the Long-forgotten Deck Cleat

The devastating train of hurricanes that rolled through Florida in 2004 and 2005 gave engineers an opportunity to see firsthand what happens when a modern boat’s mooring points and lines are pushed to their limits. A post-mortem look at many lost boats revealed shocking design and construction oversights that contributed to the carnage. Buttonhole-size chocks made it impossible to add chafe gear. Sharp turns at chocks and hawseholes sawed lines until they broke. Tiny, poorly installed cleats yanked free from soggy, cored decks. Cheap cast aluminum cleats riddled with air pockets simply snapped.

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