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  Different approach to consider
  Posted by: carldelo on Feb-17-13 12:16 PM (EST)
 

The cleats definitely look like a copy of Mariner-style rigging. In your situation, I would skip all the extra hardware, and run a painter from one cleat up through the toggle loop and back to the other cleat. I did something similar on the front deck of a skin boat a while back.

Here's the Mariner inspiration, from their website under 'Model History':
http://www.marinerkayaks.com/Mkjpg/Escapict.JPG

And my version:
http://s97.beta.photobucket.com/user/carldelo/media/SC-1%20deck%20lines/Decklines003.jpg.html

The length is adjustable using a sliding knot, and it passes through a loop of bungee at the bow to tension it:

http://s97.beta.photobucket.com/user/carldelo/media/SC-1%20deck%20lines/Decklines004.jpg.html

If you think about it, a double line up the middle of the deck is only a few inches from where a perimeter line would be. The cleats will tend to elevate the line a bit, making it easier to grab.

A painter turned out to be more useful than I would have guessed. I've used it to tie multiple boats to a dock as mine was the only boat that had one.

Also, the two carabiners unhook and drop straight down to the tow hook on my car - magic tie-downs that are always in the right place.

The Mariner system is actually a continuous loop of line that passes through the centers of the cleats. I prefer to have the ends detachable to allow the tie-off options.

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