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Selecting Cleats vs Clutches
A recurring question that comes into the Technical Support inbox is "How to better select cleats and clutches?"
Q: Are you constantly going to adjust the line?
Q: Are you adjusting the line by hand or through a winch?
Basically, if you need to constantly adjust the line (like sheets), then cam cleats are the answer. Select Micro Cam Cleats for control lines up to 6mm in diameter. Select the Standard ones for main, jib, and spinnaker sheets or lines up to 10mm. This applies to dinghies up to mid-size boats of around 30 ft. (even if you are trimming using a winch, set a cleat to hold the line).
For high-load applications, such as mainsheets on a Beneteau 36.7, J-105, or similar size boats, the Spinlock PXR Cleats may be a better alternative as they take more effort to release under load. When cleats may be necessary on larger boats, you can opt for an offshore size cleat to accommodate more extensive diameter lines.
Note: Go with V-Cleats if you use single braid lines for control adjustments.
Do not hesitate to contact MAURIPRO Sailing - Tech Support Team, we are looking forward to assisting you select the appropriate sailboat hardware to fit your boat or sailing style.
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