Many thanks...i like ur suggestions..might be able to drill proper holes in one of the light weight cleats provided what ever they are made of dosen't shatterBest way is with pop rivets if you can find the right cleat. Hose clamps will rub on the
Sail. I did one drilling and tapping with machine screws and using 3m 5200 to bond it
to the mast.
As I see it, the pull on the deck eye (fairlead) is no better and even gets worse as the sail and mast rotate--as normal.I added a mast cleat this past weekend. Used this pop rivet Hobie kit:
Before installing, I wrapped some 80-grit sandpaper around a pipe to shape the mounting surface of the cleat so that it will sit securely on the mast. It works awesome. I was always nervous about the upward pull on the deck eye.