Spinlock Power Cleats
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winches do not come standard on the H260. Although great additions, they would
cost about $800 a pop.
The normal jibsheet run is through a pulley, a
jam cleat, around the winch and tie it off on a conventional horn cleat. This
setup makes single-handing the boat a challenge.
Many H260 owners have bypassed the winches by
installing the Spinlock Powercleat in place of the horn cleat. The holes of the
two cleats match exactly. All you need is longer bolts.
Why toss the winches? The port winch
useful for hauling up the keel or raising the mast but unnecessary for normal
sailing. If you always sail with experienced crew, or race, the winches are
useful. However, in five years I've never used the winches for sailing.
You'll also find the jib sheet either readily pops out of the supplied jam cleat
or is hard to release under pressure. I have found the winches useful for
hanging the bitter end of halyards on otherwise they are useless.
the other hand, if you do much single-hand sailing the Spinlock Powercleat works
great. One disadvantage is that you can't use the winches to muscle the jib in
when sailing in strong winds - the best technique when tacking is to pull the
jibsheet in as much as possible prior to tacking and then trim as necessary when
the boat comes around. Or you can just head up a little to take pressure off the
sheet. This sounds a little more complicated than it really is -- I don't
find it a problem.
The Powercleat is very strong -- it holds under
pressure but will engage or disengage with quick down or up flick of the sheet.
By adding enough extra length to the jibsheets you can stand behind the wheel
and control the jibsheet with a flick of the wrist.
There are two common uses of the Spinlock
Powercleat in the H26/260; Jib sheets and mainsheet. A third possibility is
replacing the jam cleat
on the Vang with a Powercleat.
What to order:
sheet: SPNPX08121; Spinlock PX Powercleat, Single, 5/16 to 7/16in. Quantity:
2. They came with the 11 degree wedges. Item Price: $29.95 in 2004.
SPNPXB0812; Spinlock PX Powercleat, Single, w/Block adapter, 5/16 to 1/2in. Item
jibsheet: I replaced the stock sheet with one 60 foot length so I can
control the sheets from behind the wheel.
Note: The 0812 refers to the line size
range of 8mm to 12mm. (7/16" max). If you have 1/2 inch jib sheets
you'll have to replace them with the 7/16" size. For other
applications the PX0381 is available for lines 3-8mm.
|The winch horn cleat
is replaced with the spinlock as shown. The holes match exactly.
Here is another use for the spinlocks. Jeff
Peltier uses them on his H260 to control his spinnaker sheets
as well as the jib sheet.
I tapped out the 1/4 x 20 threads all the way
through. You'll need at least 2 1/2" stainless flathead bolts. You'll need
the wedges that come with the Power cleats. You'll find the proper stainless
bolts at your local hardware store. The bolt heads will stick up a little
bit so I enlarged the rear holes with a countersink carefully - (don't over
do it because the base is plastic). This allows the bolt to sit flat.
I Used a light amount of silicon glue in the holes and around the
base. There is a reinforcing plate imbedded in the fiberglass so I'm not
sure adding a washer and nut is really necessary. However, you can access the
underside from the winch access holes in the cabin.
Added washers and lock nuts underneath but that may be overkill. You have to
have long/skinny fingers to get the washer and bolts started. I used silicon
glue to keep the washers attached to the underside while I put the nuts on and
tightened from above.
Mainsheet: The Spinlock cleat for the
mainsheet looks the same as that used for the Jibsheet. It replaces the
mainsheet cleat jaws and there is a adapter that insures the Spinlock Power
cleat stays horizontal at all times. You just flick the line up and down to
engage and release the mainsheet. Another use for the mainsheet is to raise and
lower the mast. I was concerned that the Powercleat might not be strong enough
to handle the strain - not to worry -- this is one strong device. Caution: Don't
rely on any cleat to hold the weight of the mast if you have to step away during
stepping operation. I always tie the bitter end off on a stern cleat.