Quick release rudder cleats

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john.pompei
Quick release rudder cleats

Hi All

I think Roly may well have a rapid answer for this question as I recall that he has these on his M

I want to instal a rapid release cleat for each rudder But my question is where are they best fixed so that they keep the rudders down but release under shock load ?

I am attaching pictures of my present setup and look forward to your learned advice !!

Regards

John

ASHANTI 2008M

david.claassen
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John,

John,

Mine are actually quite close to the rear of the boat. I will try to measure them and get that to you. Cheers,

David

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

roly.simpson
Sorry John but I don't

Sorry John but I don't actually know how to add my photos to this post. If someone can explain I would be happy. Basically I fixed the release cleats just to the right of each of the holes in the stern where the rudder downhaul goes. Not sure why I didn't put them on the outer side of port and starboard but maybe easier assuming I cleat in right handed. One side I have put the cleat too close and it doesn't release fully as the cleat pops up. Needs about a centimetre between base of release cleat and the hole.

rick.jones
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To add photos to a post, see

To add photos to a post, see below where you type in text. There's a section Attachments, and below that click on Browse. That will open a file upload box, same as you see with galleries etc. From there follow the prompts.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

roly.simpson
Sorry Rick I tried that first

Sorry Rick I tried that first and it just leads me to where I could upload media files from web etc.nothing links to files on my phone....is it because I'm on my phone?

rick.jones
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Ah yes, phones can be a

Ah yes, phones can be a problem. You can't drag and drop, and they don't always offer an easy way to browse for files. On Android, having a suitable file manager app installed can help, but I don't know about iPhones - I avoid them!

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

roly.simpson
ok. So It was a phone issue.

ok. So It was a phone issue. I do most of my internet stuff in phone and it clearly doesnt work at times. Emailed photos to myself from phone camera and then downloaded and dragged up to this file from the tool bar .

You will see starboard side cleat is right up to the hole which is too close and it doesnt release properly. Port side works perfectly. It was necessary to thread through some new line that was less thick than original ....IMPORTANT...saves a lot of time to tape new line to old and draw it through .

Certainly the pop ups have warned me quite a few times of shallow water and hence protected my rudders.

Roly

rick.jones
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I made a similar mod to my X

I made a similar mod to my X a few years ago, and it saved the rudders on more than one occasion!

As Roly said, you do need much thinner line than MacGregor fit as standard for the rudder pull-downs. These cleats are designed for dingies, and, as I recall, 5mm line was the optimum. They also have a screw that adjusts the release tension, and you probably want it on maximum.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

john.pompei
Thanks Roly & Rick for your

Thanks Roly & Rick for your replies.

I renewed the lines (8mm) last year then bought the cleats and realised the max dia was 6mm so left it till now to fit them.

Its good to have some of your experience ‘cos it’s easy to put holes in the wrong place.

Glad you sorted out the photo issue Roly - I struggle also - sometimes it works then I seem to forget how I did it last time !!

Thanks again,

Regards

John

ASHANTI 2008M