- Jan 17, 2017
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- Pungo Creek, NC
Parkers are great boats, but their choice of size, and type of cleats leave a lot to be desired... (not picking on just Parkers; a lot of well-known boat manufactures scrimp on the cleat numbers and sizes)....The pop ups on mine are the biggest cleats on the boat. The other regular cleats are a lot smaller
Some of the older Parkers have two spring-line/mid-ship cleats; that good feature was abandoned years ago. To boaters, who seldom moor to various docks, it is not as much of an issue.
We have traveled long-distance in all of our boats, and when doing so, we come across a wide variety of docking situations. In these circumstances, you cannot have too many cleats, and you can't have cleats that are 'too big'. All cleats should be large enough to accommodate two lines (properly sized lines for the given boat) on each cleat. There are circumstances where that is important... Folks who mostly trailer their boats, and almost never have the need to tie up a a variety of docks, then this issue is less important.... For the boaters who find themselves needing to moor to a variety of docks, and in adverse weather conditions, the number of cleats, and the size of the cleats is an important issue...