Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A couple of new cleats

When we come to the boat with the dinghy, there's no where to tie off and hold the dinghy in place.   We have to jump onto the steps and climb up to the deck to tie off.    Later models of the Mantas came with extra cleats on the stern....but ours didn't have them. 

Our friends that we met in the Bahamas, Ed and Cathy on sistership "What If", sent me a photo of new cleats that they installed on the stern..

Here's one of their new cleats.

I told Duane that we had to copy them!!!

12" stainless cleats and more of the 3/8" fiberglass board as a stabilizer.

More holes drilled in the boat!  (If you notice the water on the's been raining here for what seems like forever....)

Luckily, there is a vent hole nearby - I was able to stick my hand thru the hole to do the attachment.  We "buttered" the fiberglass board with more 3M 5200 adhesive, stuck it inside the hull,  then installed the cleat  using stainless bolts, washers and lock nuts.

Port hull finished.

Starboard side finished.   Now we'll have plenty of places to tie up ourselves and any visitors!  (You can see the vent hole I used for access in this photo).

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