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    Arrow Adding dock line cleats

    Tip of the hat to Ph2ocraft for the original idea.

    I recently installed additional 'cleats' for dock lines to our MSX 140. Unlike the Virage the MSX does not have loops under the steering to attach a docking rope.

    I used genuine Kawasaki JetSki 'Cargo Net hooks' which have a very low profile and have no moving parts so no rattles when the engine is running and nothing to snag skin while riding.


    There are actually three Kawasaki part numbers for each set.
    27012-3828 is the 'Hook' which actually looks like a flat cleat
    13271-3755 is the black plastic plate which sits behind the cleat. It has a round hollow that is big enough to feed a rope through with your fingers.
    11061-3730 is a rubberized gasket which seals the backing plate to the hull.
    Note: the bolded part number is the number to use in a part number search.

    The stainless steel Nyloc nuts and SS flat washers came from a local hardware store. The washers should be as large as possible to spread the load but cannot be so large they press against the back/side of the plastic dome.



    Installed on a flat or slightly convex surface it looks tidy.


    This location was chosen so it could be easily reached while sitting on the seat yet the rope would not be in the way when tied to the dock.


    Most of my dock lines have Wichard brand stainless steel snap hooks. Makes it easy to hook the line on in an instant and there are no corners or edges to catch rings or the rope. Much stronger than a simple carabiner and safer.

    We shall see how well the aluminum 'Cargo Net' cleats handle the repeated force of tugging dock lines.
    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    ... I've been installing them for years as tie downs with no issues and everybody I know loves them...

    If the thin metal cleat does break I intend to replace with a 5/16" diameter SS shallow 'hoop' that will fit into the backing plate 3" hole spacing.
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    On the MSX 140 I measured 18 inches forward from the edge of the shroud to the center of the front hole.


    To match the slope of the cowl all three holes were centerlined at 1 3/4 below the join.


    It helps if you mark the holes correctly the first time


    Here you can see how deep the black plastic concave/hollow plate is.
    I used a 2" hole saw for the center hole but 1 7/8" would probably be big enough.
    5/16" sharp drill for the two cleat holes on 3" centers.


    Installed it takes up little room inside the hull.

    Make very sure there is clearance inside the hull before drilling the holes!
    Check the other side of the hull before you start if you intend to install a matching pair.

    If you are installing these in different locations or on other model hulls make sure the surface is flat enough to accommodate the cleat and backing plate. Too much surface curvature will cause problems.
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    Very Nice!

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    Having a problem finding these. Anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoovermaneuver View Post
    Having a problem finding these. Anyone know?
    Any online source that sells OEM Kawasaki Jetski parts should be able to supply the listed part numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    ...

    We shall see how well the aluminum 'Cargo Net' cleats handle the repeated force of tugging dock lines.
    ...
    If the thin metal cleat does break I intend to replace with a 5/16" diameter SS shallow 'hoop' that will fit into the backing plate 3" hole spacing.
    I have had no issues with using these since they were installed. No breakage, no stress marks, still works well every time.

    The primary downside is having to drill a rather large hole in a very visible location on the hull. Then do it again on the other side!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    I have had no issues with using these since they were installed. No breakage, no stress marks, still works well every time.

    The primary downside is having to drill a rather large hole in a very visible location on the hull. Then do it again on the other side!
    Thanks, just ordered them.

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    How about the hook on the dock line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoovermaneuver View Post
    How about the hook on the dock line?
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
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    Most of my dock lines have Wichard brand stainless steel snap hooks.

    Makes it easy to hook the line on in an instant and there are no corners or edges to catch rings or the rope. Much stronger than a simple carabiner and safer.


    ...


    There are other companies making similar snap hooks, including one or two China companies that actually make reasonable quality. I would have to hunt for those names

    Dawson Group makes a similar snap hook, but I forget where it is listed on their web site.
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    That one looks like it opens so you can push the rope loop through. I can't find that on Wichards site.

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