|Thank you David and Jim. Until now I have berthed bow-in and had buoys on each quarter, so no sudden pressure on the winches. I've just moved to a finger berth with rigid shore cleats, so David's point becomes urgent.
Jim, with the horns of your cleats in the athwartships direction do they come close to the eyes to which the split backstay is attached,? I uspect that they have some glassed-in plywood base hidden below them on which they are mounted. I'll have another good look at SMOKE's arrangements in that area, but I need to solve it soon. Perhaps I need to come to EYC for a quick look?
Alan of SMOKE 1984 Mk V 002