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Basic Sailboat Cleats Explained | Expert Advice

Cleats are fittings to which a line is secured, either temporarily or permanently.  We are going to explain the seven main cleat types found on sailboats, and some of their uses: Horn Cleats Self-Jamming Horn Cleats Cam Cleats Double Cam Cam Cleats Clam Cleats V Cleats Lance Cleats SHOP ALL CLEATS Horn Cleats Primary Uses: Anchoring, mooring and docking a boat.  Also classically use on the mast to secure halyards. Sizes: Line diameters: 3/32” – 2”+ Horn cleats are most […]

How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

Choosing Accessories for your Harken 150 Cam Cleat | Expert Advice

 The Harken 150 is the gold standard in cam cleats and by far our #1 seller. It is great as a stand-alone and if combined with the available accessories can suit most low to moderately loaded line holding needs on your boat. The benefits to a cam cleat (two spring loaded ‘cams’ come together to hold the line) are numerous and the ability to adjust the line easily and release the line quickly make the Harken 150 great for things like jib sheets, travelers, mainsheet, backstays on […]

Clutch Issues that Cause Sailboat Halyard Slippage | Expert Advice

So you have a high tech halyard line on your boat already and you still seem to lose halyard tension over the course of the day? The first place to look is the way you secure your halyard. On most boats bigger than 25-30’ this will be a standard clutch. We will primarily talk here about boats with standard clutches as opposed to cam cleats or a horn cleat. I should also mention here that I’m primarily talking about upwind halyards here. Downwind halyards […]

Hands On: Holt Nautos XR Clutch

Holt Nautos XR Line Clutch | Expert Review

NOTE: This product is no longer available.  Check our our complete line of clutches here. From Holt Nautos is their line of XR rope clutches. It’s available in two sizes and features an innovative double action cam system that offers greater leverage for both opening and closing the clutch. Both sizes (creatively named the XR1 & XR2) are available in singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Here are the basic specs for these clutches: Clutch Line Diam. SWL Hole Spacing Weight […]

How to Rebuild a Spinlock XTS Clutch | Expert Advice

I’m sure that you look around this blog and figure that there’s a lot of planning that goes into our choices for reviews, videos, etc. For the most part, that’s true — we do plan a couple of weeks out and are constantly building a list of ideas. But if you picked up on the foreshadowing I laid down, you’ll know that this post isn’t one of those times. I went down and asked Ian if he wanted to do […]

How To Rebuild a Harken 150 Cam Cleat | Expert Advice

A common project, especially at the beginning of a sailing season, is servicing cam cleats that might be flapping around due to a broken spring or grinding/catching due to a bad ball bearing. Today we turn our Bob Villa of the Storefront, Ian Coleman, loose to tear down and re-build a Harken Cam Cleat (Harken Part #: 150). The information in this video and post applies only to the Harken 150 Cam Cleat — luckily, the 150 is the most […]