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      Paul WhitePaul White

        One of the problems with the standard jib cleats is they are very difficult to release in winds over 20 knots. They can be replaced with Spinlock PXR swivel base cam cleats that enable you to release them under load.

        Installation instructions
        There are two sizes of cleats available (PXR0206/SW for 2-6mm line and PXR0810/SW for 8-10mm line) which are a direct replacement for the standard Weta jib sheet swivel fitting and use the same holes in the deck. You can access the bolts to release the old cleats from inside the hatch (Early boats had jib cleats that were screwed into place). You then need to remove the cam mechanism to expose the holes on the swivel base of so you can pass the bolts through by undoing the screw which is inside the unit (be careful not to loose the captive nut on the bottom).
        Download official installation instructions and drill template here

        Benefits: Jib sheets can be released and catch under any load.

        Cons: It takes a while to remember to flip the cleat up and down to get it to grip/release. Cleats are quite expensive.

        An alternative to the Spinlocks is to create a 2:1 system on the jib sheet.

        • This topic was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Paul WhitePaul White.
      • #10303
        Paul WhitePaul White

          After a while you may find your Spinlocks fail to grip the rope. It’s most likely to be the cleat mechanism sticking so soak them in warm water to remove the salt and when dry, spray with silicone spray.

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