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Exploring Cam Cleats Part 2: Essential Accessories for Cam Cleats

by Allen 5 Oct 2023 00:30 PDT
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Exploring Cam Cleats Part 2: Essential Accessories for Cam Cleats

Welcome back to the next instalment of our blog series, where we dive deeper into the world of cam cleats and unveil the essential accessories that elevate their performance. In Part 1, we explored the fundamentals of cam cleats and the different types.


Now, it's time to shift our focus to the accessories that enhance the capabilities of these versatile tools. Just as a skilled sailor relies on the right equipment to navigate the seas, a seamless sailing experience hinges on the proper tools to complement and optimise cam cleat functionality.

From fairleads and bullseyes to swivel bases and beyond, Part 2 takes you on a journey through the indispensable tools that guide ropes and ensure precise control.

So, join us as we unlock the secrets of these essential accessories and provide insights into their applications. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or just starting to explore the world of cam cleats, Part 2 will equip you with the knowledge to make informed choices, ensuring that your sailboat's performance reaches its full potential.

Fairleads and Bullseyes

A fairlead or bullseye is a device designed to guide ropes and lines as they transition from one direction to another. They are typically placed along a sailboat's deck, mast, or other structural elements to create optimal angles for rope entry into cam cleats.

A fairlead is more often the name given to a larger aluminium loop, commonly seen on decks of keelboats and yachts. Whereas a bullseye would often be used to describe an acetal (plastic) alternative on a smaller dinghy. At Allen, we just call them fairleads and offer them in aluminium or plastic variations.

Aluminium fairleads are better suited to faster running and higher loading applications.

Plastic fairleads are more suitable for lower-loaded applications which run smaller lines.

Open Base Fairlead
Open Base Fairlead
Aluminium Fairlead
Aluminium Fairlead
Fairlead With Stainless Steel Inner
Fairlead With Stainless Steel Inner
Join us in Part 3: Practical Applications of Cam Cleats next week to see how pairing these vital accessories with cam cleats leads to versatile control and performance on a sailboat.
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