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Maybe it is my sailing background, but I find the number of cleats on narrowboats (one big one forward, and two aft, a little restrictive, especially when mooring with a spring as I often do, even on waterways without a current.
Is there any advice please about adding mooring cleats.

Asked by: owen  | 7.33pm, Wednesday 29 June

WW says:

Many working boats, and modern boats built on traditional lines, have a hook called an Anser pin on the gunwale a short distance forward of the rear bulkhead. This was originally used when two boats were breasted up but it could be used for a spring. However, it also carries the risk of tripping you or your crew when you walk along the gunwale.
I nearly always use a spring when mooring overnight. This is taken at 45 degrees from the T stud or one of the dollies to a mooring pin or piling hook. I generally have this at the front of the boat as it is less likely to be a trip hazard when getting on and off the boat. This arrangement keeps us very still when other boats come past.
One thing to avoid is fixing a rope from the centre of the roof directly down to a pin or hook. This does very little to prevent fore and aft movement of the boat and simply makes it heel over when a boat passes at anything above tick-over.

Graham Booth  | 10.32AM, Thursday 30 June

It is theoretically possible to fit cleats into a cabin side at gunnel level or even into the gunnel themselves. Some chandlery companies (vetus for example) sell "pop-up" cleats which could easily be retrofitted provided they were in a self-draining box...

Mark Langley  | 5.42PM, Thursday 30 June

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