Contemporary boat designs have become sleeker and more angular. Matching this modern aesthetic are the new 490 Series Rectangular Pull-Up Cleats from Accon Marine. For safety and an appealing appearance, the gleaming 6", 8" and 10" fittings sit nearly flush with the deck or gunwale when not in use, and lift effortlessly to reveal a cleat with serious holding strength.
Accon's 490 Series Rectangular Pull-Up Cleats are forged from 316 marine-grade stainless steel and polished to a high sheen. Slightly arched, they blend seamlessly into the deck with minimal protrusion and have molded-in fingertip notches on either side for easy deployment. The 6" model is only 1.5" wide and designed to accommodate up to .625" line; the 8" L x 1.6" W version is for .75" cordage; and the large 10" L x 1.9" W model fits rope up to 1" in diameter.
Mounting the cleat is simple. Ensuring there is 1.5" of space below, the gelcoat is masked and marked with the supplied template. Two 0.875" holes are then drilled. Supplied lock washers and nuts are tightened from underneath; using thread lock ensures they won't loosen. A video with a similar cleat but the same installation technique is at bit.ly/2tceAgA. The 6" 490 Series Rectangular Pull-Up Cleat from Accon Marine retails for $85.10; the 8" version is $130.57; and the 10" model costs $218.68.
Contact Accon Marine, 13665 Automobile Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33762. 727-572-9202; Fax: 727-572-7621. www.acconmarine.com.