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    I recently ordered 4x Gemlux 6" pull up cutting edge cleats to replace the original cleats on my 21B.

    I asked about backing plates, they no longer offer them. Just the 2x one inch washers per cleat. I'm not towing barges or trawling so, whats the group think here, ok without backing plates?

    I don't believe the original cleats had them either that I can tell.

  • #2
    If my gunnels were rock solid, Id go for it, except at the center bow lifting cleat. However, I made my own backers, just as I did for my rod holders.
    Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55336[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52586

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    • #3
      I agree if your core is good, then washers are fine.
      1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
      1985 Mako 20c - sold
      Fort Walton Beach, FL
      http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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      • #4
        I would back them up with additional fender washers.
        2007 Everglades 243 250 Suzuki[br]1988 201 Yamaha 200 - Sold[br]1990 261 T/200 SWS - Sold[br]1978 25 225 Johnson - Sold[br]1975 20 85 Merc - Sold[br]Jacksonville, FL[br]

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        • #5
          I backed with scrap 1/2" Starboard. Just spreads the force out on a larger area.
          [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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          • #6
            Backing plates are always a good idea.
            ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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            • #7
              I consulted with a ME friend, he agreed washers are fine, that 95% of the load would be born by the top skin of fiberglass anyway and that 1" dia washers would be more than adequate unless the core was bad.

              thanks for providing a sounding board.

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              • #8
                Yes, two fender washers per bolt is more than enough.

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Shakes_26


                  I consulted with a ME friend, he agreed washers are fine, that 95% of the load would be born by the top skin of fiberglass anyway and that 1" dia washers would be more than adequate unless the core was bad.


                  thanks for providing a sounding board.


                  Cleats are being levered. So its the top facing skin and the underside far side backing plate/washers.
                  1975 Mako 26 Inboard[br]1976 Mako 23 Inboard[br]1984 Rhodes 19[br]Padanaram, MA

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                  • #10
                    Im running a .250" stainless strip under each of mine. Piece of mind makes me feel good.
                    1970 Mako 19

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