Thursday, June 19, 2014

Strake Time

Not Good
When the boat is tied up to the mooring ball we use the two cleats at the front of the boat. With the entire weight of the boat being put on these lines, we found that they quickly rubbed on and wore away our pretty toe rail finish. Not so pretty.
 
However, there is this dandy thing called a strake that is made to prevent this issue. Earlier this spring I sanded and resealed the areas around both cleats (admittedly not the ideal fix) and Ron put on the strakes before we launched the boat.
No more rubbing here!
When Ron went to put them on he found that our hefty cleats took up too much of the toe rail to just put the strakes at the edge next to the cleat. Instead he had to cut out pieces of the strakes so they'd fit where we needed them.


For $16 I think this was a pretty good investment, and so far they're performing perfectly!

 

5 comments:

  1. I've always kept my boats at a dock. What are they charging up in lake Muskegon for a mooring? Is it significant savings to a dock? Do you store your dingy in the water at a dingy dock or pull it each time? When you sail do you always put the dink on your davits or just leave it tied to the morning? Do you prefer a inflatable dink or hard shell? That was a ton of questions just curious should we ever move back up to a larger boat again.

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    1. We pay $300/year...and that includes hauling and launching both our boat and our mooring equipment. A total steal!! You can either buy your own mooring equipment or rent theirs for another $300/year. But even a dock for our size boat is only about $975/year I believe-->that's at Torresen's, the other marinas with more amenities can be quite a bit more though.

      We keep our dinghy locked up by a boat ramp and just launch it every time, pretty easy really plus it doesn't get nasty sitting in the water. We use our davits most of the time because we usually camp out at the state park and like to hike and take our dog to shore there. Never had a hard dink, but I like the ability to deflate ours and easily store it on the deck for longer trips or rougher weather.

      If you have any more questions let us know!

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    2. Wow that really is a steal. I'm at 975 down here in saugatuck. Tower marine. Our bigger boat was running us nearly 3000 a year to keep down here. One of the reasons we downsized was the cost to sailing ratio. We find we sail the smaller boat more but miss some of the big boat amenities. It's always a balancing act. Thanks for the good info.

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  2. I see Cetol on your cleat. One trick to avoid that is Vasoline or car wax. I rub it on the metal cleat or strake and make sure you wipe any off the wood. After the Cetol sets a couple of days just wipe off any on the cleat. Easier than trying to tape and I always manage to get Cetol to run behind my tape job at least two different places (usually in spots that people are likely to see). Ken

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    1. Thanks for the tip Ken! I hate taping :) The previous owners redid the Cetol prior to us buying the boat and unfortunately, they didn't use your tip and we've got spots all over like that. But we'll remember it when it's our turn to redo it, thanks again!

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