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Bud Taplin
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Richard. Bad idea to attach a mooring cleat to the caprail, or even worse, to the genoa track. Best to attach the cleat to the deck bulwark. Use a piece of 3/8" aluminum as a backing plate, and drill and tap the four holes in it to match the cleat mounting bolts. Spot the cleat where you want it, and drill the four mounting holes. Put some 5200 caulking on the backing plate, and bolt the cleat to it. In the future, you can always remove the cleat to re-caulk under it, and the backing plate will always be there. If you cannot reach up into the bulwarks to mount the backing plate, remove the midships hawse pipe, and go through that hole to fit the backing plate.

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