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Mooring line to cleat with no tunnel

by ChrisH » 21 Sep 2018, 15:50

So my Hardy has some nice large cleats on her, 3 each side, but they do not have a tunnel.
I'm used to pushing the loop end of my line through the tunnel and then over the horns of the cleat.
Is there a clever way to use the mooring line loop on a cleat with no tunnel?

The only option I found so far was to put the loop over the horns, and then add a twist and push over each horn again. But it's a tight squeeze and they are tricky to get back off again, especially if I tie off a fender to the same cleat.
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by Xboatboyx » 21 Sep 2018, 16:20

ChrisH wrote: The only option I found so far was to put the loop over the horns, and then add a twist and push over each horn again. But it's a tight squeeze and they are tricky to get back off again, especially if I tie off a fender to the same cleat.


Our marina tug boat is the same so we either twist and loop over again as you said or we cable tie to make the loop smaller so it can't come off easily but then the ropes stay permanently out. To save space on your cleats you could buy some fender eyes to tie the fenders around or like us get some fast fender clips which allows you to adjust the fenders quickly and a stainless clip so all you have to do is clip the fenders on ( this is handy if your single handed as its quicker).
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by Ianfs » 21 Sep 2018, 16:23

Sounds like you have ready made mooring lines with spliced loops.

The Hardy's were probably made to take a standard line once round, two figure eights, then a single cleat hitch. If you needed to slip lines in a hurry its the preferred method. Like this....

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By passing the line once round it won't lock under pressure then the two figure eights will hold pretty well and can be left but the last hitch is a safety method for heavy weather.

I'm sure there are other methods though. :)
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by ChrisH » 21 Sep 2018, 16:30

yep, this is what I do on the dockside, but I do like the spliced loop. :-(
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by ChrisH » 21 Sep 2018, 16:31

Xboatboyx wrote:
ChrisH wrote: The only option I found so far was to put the loop over the horns, and then add a twist and push over each horn again. But it's a tight squeeze and they are tricky to get back off again, especially if I tie off a fender to the same cleat.


Our marina tug boat is the same so we either twist and loop over again as you said or we cable tie to make the loop smaller so it can't come off easily but then the ropes stay permanently out. To save space on your cleats you could buy some fender eyes to tie the fenders around or like us get some fast fender clips which allows you to adjust the fenders quickly and a stainless clip so all you have to do is clip the fenders on ( this is handy if your single handed as its quicker).


Thanks. Have looked at some online, was thinking about some too as I will likely be single handed much more now Dan has gone to Uni
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by ChrisH » 21 Sep 2018, 16:34

ChrisH wrote:
Xboatboyx wrote:
ChrisH wrote:

Thanks. Have looked at some online, was thinking about some too as I will likely be single handed much more now Dan has gone to Uni

But I might just tie a thin line to the bottom of all the fenders so I can pull them up in one go and let them down again when single handed :-)
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by Ianfs » 27 Sep 2018, 07:27

Genius idea. :D
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by ChrisH » 29 Sep 2018, 18:29

It worked. Not elegant but did the job. http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5bafc4838e2d8/VID-20180929-WA0007.mp4

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