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Cracks under cleat


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I just noticed after winter storage that there are two stress cracks forming underneath my starboard rear cleat; each stemming down from what I assume is a post through the boat. First off, how does that happen? It's not like much force is ever put on those cleats. If any the forward ones would receive more pressure I would guess. Second, I thought those were supposed to be unbelievably strong. Either way, it doens't sounds like anything I want to leave unattended. Any suggestions? I'm guessing this is above my skill to repair so dealer, here we come.

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Cleats can be installed by the factory, the dealer or even by the owner. Depending on how they were installed, it may or may not be done right.

Cracks in the gelcoat can be cosmetic.... like a scratch in the paint on your car. If their deep enough, then they can be a problem, but many times are not.

As for what caused it, probably just from using the cleat. If the boat was tied up really tight & a wave went by, the forces on the rope could do it. Or the wave action may have made the cleat hit the dock?

Look around in your home town for a glass repair guy. It's probably not a very tough repair to make.

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