I've just acquired a SeaScape .5 fiberglass tandem kayak. This boat has two horn cleats in front of each cockpit. Are these necessary, or even useful, or would it make more sense to replace them with lashing hooks or something else?
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Maybe someone had it rigged for...|
Posted by: Jackl on Jan-26-13 5:28 AM (EST)
Paddle Park ???|
Posted by: mjamja on Jan-26-13 7:03 PM (EST)
Mariner kayaks used a system of such cleats combined with a bungee cord (crossing the deck) just in front of the cleats. If the paddle is laid on top of one cleat and the bungee is pulled back over the paddle and hooked on the cleat the paddle will be held in place with one blade in the water. If the paddle is place across both cleats and the bungee is pulled over the paddle and around both cleats the paddle is held horizontal with both blades out of water. This system is supposed to be a quick release so that if you just grab the paddle and pull up and back it immediately comes free.
Paddle park, Northwest Kayaks|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-26-13 7:47 PM (EST)
Is this a Northwest Kayak? If so, many of their models had/have the same cleat/bungee paddle park system as Mariner had.
It's a Northwest kayak|
Posted by: Ted_from_Crockett_CA on Jan-26-13 9:51 PM (EST)
and I guess the cleats were meant for a paddle park. I can see how it's a convenient system, but using 4" cleats seems like overkill.
Posted by: mjamja on Jan-26-13 10:32 PM (EST)
You might want to go through the Mariner owners manuals and read more about the paddle park and the bow painter and some of the rigging options. The cleats on my Mariner are also used to keep the bow painter in place. It allows the painter to be rotated and the painter attaches at the cleat which makes it easier to pick up a painter after it is realeased from a dock rather than having it tied to the bow toggle and also possible to tie in something for towing right at your cockpit, but then rotate it forward for towing and then rotate it back when time to release it.
It's a nice feature IMHO |
Posted by: LeeG on Jan-26-13 9:21 PM (EST)
You have a problem with it?
No problem, but|
Posted by: Ted_from_Crockett_CA on Jan-27-13 12:37 AM (EST)
one of the cleats on the kayak is broken and I was wondering if it was functional enough to be worth replacing, or if I should try something else. I'll probably replace it for now--with a backing plate-- and see if I like it when the boat is repaired enough to be seaworthy.
Posted by: LeeG on Jan-27-13 2:04 PM (EST)