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Dave Barker

A brief comment on the difference between clamcleats and camcleats – the former are good (in my view) for lines under a more or less constant load, but perhaps the camcleat (they’re the type with moving parts) is the fitting of choice for situations where there is frequent adjustment to be made, as in the case of your kicker, arguably.

A camcleat in good condition actively squeezes the cleated line (gently), even when there is little or no load, and usually makes an audible click when the line is released, deliberately or otherwise, both of which can be useful.

I’m a fan of clamcleats (they’re the type without moving parts), but not for the kicker (at least not that part of it). I also favour the aft edge of the thwart for the kicker cleat, btw.