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Hi all,after spending a cranky day in the forward storage areas squeezing thru the hatches trying to fasten bolts on some pop up cleats i thought would be mighty fancy i am not so sure now,who said boat building was for sissies.Anyway on the tiki 26 would a u bolt thru the hull side near or below the first beam be a solution for an anchor bridle or a cleat up on the deck,bearing in mind access to be able to tighten bolts under the deck is painful.

cheers paul,not so cranky now.

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Paul, the method Glenn Tieman used on his Pahi 26 is simple. He cleated the bridle at the ends of the forward beam. This keeps the rode accessable and free of chafe, as it runs forward without touching the bows.   One of the bridle legs is the anchor line, with the other leg being rolling hitched (or other methods) to it. Then you let the rode out until you have equal length bridle legs, each leg being at least half the beam of the boat.  The bitter ends can be tied off at cleats behind the forward beam.  Having the cleats behind the forward beam lets you uncleat the forward beam safely to either bring rode in or let rode out. 

This method would let you put the cleats on deck, behind he forward beam, perhaps halfway to the mast beam. With good strong backing plates, of course.

i love you Kim;) yes i see now,how this could work and is a much safer area to access.I kid you not i spent about four hours trying to tighten four bolts with a shifting spanner.

Paul the enlightened.

A mate of mine came over today and he looked at the problem with fresh eyes,he suggested a set of cleats or u bolts thru the inner lashing pads of the front beams,it may work.

See pic from last weekend. My alu beams have an eye on each side that I can run the rode through, or tie directly, when there is load. I usually run the rode through the eye and then to the cleat on the end of the beam. You can see the short line attached to the rode with a rolling hitch and then to the other side of the beam. The stronger the wind current, the better this bridle setup seems to work.


Thanks mate,those alu beams look the goods,hard to make?

They were on the boat when I bought it. They are made to the standard dimensions, just with welded alu instead of glass and ply. They seem great - the boat is very stiff. Its handy to be able to bolt or rivet directly to the alu.

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