19240Re: [Hammock Camping] would this work to hold line?
- Aug 3 9:02 PMI'm a sailor and use things like this. I agree with John in that these
vang cleats can abrade rope. Also, they are not meant to hold that sort
of weight. For that location on the boom of a sailboat, there just are
not that many forces pulling on it. It's not like the sail is going to
rip off the boom or is pulling towards the mast. The main purpose of
the vang cleat there is to tighten up the sail to improve performance.
Elsewhere in a boat are heavier cleats to hold sheets for jibs and mast.
The forces pulling on the main sheet (the rope that controls the main
sail) can be considerable. There are other gizmos involved to help hold
the sheet. Almost always, there's a hand nearby to catch it, too. I've
seen ropes slip in them--so they need monitoring. The purpose of these
cleats is to help keep the sailor from getting worn out holding the rope.
So, yes, it will hold line, but probably not that consistently or
reliably. For sleeping in a hammock, we require consistence and
reliability. Besides, living here in Taiwan, I'd have a really hard
time replacing abraded spectra, but tree-hugger-like webbing is
available all over the place.
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