Using and Fitting our Cleats
The Clamcleat® principleA deceptively simple ridged 'V' groove holds ropes firmly, yet is devoid of any moving parts to break or seize. It allows the immediate release of the rope by a short upward and backward pull.
Always tension the rope before it enters the cleat. Dragging the rope backwards over the teeth may cause damage, especially to the nylon cleats.
Clamcleat® rope cleats are unsuitable for use with metal ropes.
FittingMost cleats are provided with countersunk fixing holes. Countersunk head screws or bolts of the recommended size should be used; bolts being preferred. If using rivets with a powered fixing gun, make sure the pressure is not set too high. Fastenings must be entered straight so that the heads do not protrude to snag the rope. Several of the cleats have been designed with a groove in the base enabling them to be fitted to both flat and curved surfaces.
(for further details see our HELPFUL HINTS page).
As an aid to optimum rope alignment many models can be mounted on Tapered Pads, especially when a fairlead would not be appropriate.
Complementary ranges to satisfy all needs
Marine grade nylon cleats offer very good value for money, for both production builder and sailor alike. They are ideal for most applications where high loads or rope surges are not likely to be encountered. Nylon cleats are corrosion resistant and will last for many years outdoors.
Aluminium cleats are highly successful in providing a complete answer to rope burn. They are unaffected by the heat generated by a rope surging back
through a cleat as well as being suitable for sub-zero temperatures. Corrosion resistance is good. Our research into cleat materials over the years has shown
aluminium to be far better for high performance cleats than any polymer, irrespective of any fibre reinforcement or additive. These factors make aluminium
cleats the best choice for demanding applications. All alloy cleats are available in our STANDARD SILVER FINISH. Selected cleats are also available in a
HARD ANODISED FINISH, which gives a high-tech and fashionable appearance as well as offering superior resistance to sea water corrosion. For military use,
alloy cleats can be painted black or supplied hard anodised.
Clamcleats Limited, Watchmead, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1AP, England
Telephone: +44 (0) 1707 330101 Fax: +44 (0) 1707 321269