Cam Cleat Wisdom

Cam Cleat Wisdom


Sailing is all about pulling and securing strings. For infrequent securing, a horn cleat works fine. Others are constantly tweaked and require something more responsive. Cam cleats have become the go-to tool when we need easy adjustment or instant release. But for the cam cleat to work as intended, an often overlooked component comes into the picture—the fairlead. Before you replace or add new cam cleats, consider the following fairlead options

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