I’ve finally got round to fitting a jamming cleat for the anchor traveler (trolley) on my Ascend FS10 kayak.
The first time you drill holes in your Kayak it’s quite daunting, but after that it’s straight forward, I just make sure I have the right spot, using whatever I am fitting as a marker/template. It helps to use a centre punch (a screw or nail hammered in will do) to mark the spot and minimize any slipping of the drill bit. I use a fairly slow drill speed to maintain more control over the bit.
I’ve written a short step-by-step post on attaching fittings to my kayak.
Fitting the Jamming CleatI found the best spot by jamming the traveler rope in the cleat then pulling it tight and sliding it into what I thought was the best position. The important thing is to make sure it’s not in the way when you are paddling, and at the same time easily accessible while you are fishing.
Once in the right spot I removed the rope and taped the cleat down to hold it in place while I drilled out the holes. I used long aircraft quality black anodized aluminium rivets to secure the cleat.
Do you need a cleat and does it work?
I often see this question on the Search results. The answer is, if you only ever fish with the anchor set right out at the bow or stern, then no, you probably don’t need one. The way to find out is fit your anchor traveler without one and try it.
You’ll soon find out if you need one.
If you find the anchoring point is slowly shifting over time or it needs constant tweaking, then fit one. If not, don’t bother. I often fish with the kayak anchored on the beam (midway) or about a third of the way from the bow or stern, so I found I needed to fit the jamming cleat to hold it in place. It works a treat.
Read about my other modifications to my Ascend FS10 Kayak here.