Our boat displaces 10.6K, and the published displacement for the 35-2 is closer to 12K. So while there is certainly a point of diminishing return when spec-ing out these parts, I suspect that our factory aluminum backing plates, under the deck layup that they used was sufficient. Probably.just took a quick look at your link above Loren to your installation... seems to me quite shocking the builders would use two bolt bases for the main cleats on a boat that large. Nowhere near substantial.
The PO removed them to do deck repairs and install a capstan. He never got around to replacing them. Old ones missing.some PO must have removed them... do you see any repair marks in the fiberglass..? highly unlikely the boat came from the factory with no bow cleats. Why on earth would someone do that..? unless part of a project to install a samson post and never got around to it
What an amazingly helpful comment! THANK YOUAlso If you thread a dock line spliced eye through the center of your cleat and loop it over the horns of the cleat, I would highly recommend an open center design which will allow you to thread the eye through MUCH faster and easier than the tiny center on the typical sailboat cleat like most Ericsons were delivered with. Here's what I will be changing too:
None of my dock lines share a cleat so 8 inch works for me. Longer 10 inch cleats give you more options if you have the room to mount them.
Back them up with nice large 1/4 G10 plates.
Super helpful, thanks! Those guides look funny, they are so far outboard... one of the screws looks like it goes into the deck joint. Is that how Ericson originally mounted the guides, or is that a mod by you or a PO?Here is a picture of the cleats on Indigo E35-2 1976.
If you are installing from scratch, I would consider a little larger cleat so both a bow line and a spring line more easily overlay at the same time (I may up-size mine when I get around to it). Also, a bit larger would better handle a heavy anchor rode.
Underneath they are inside the chain locker and hard to get to, so that may affect your location.
Strongly suggest you back them with a ss or FR4 plate (the factory only used washers).
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