Q & A — March 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
| PMY Tries... The Darby Suction Cleat
Ever wish you had an extra cleat from which to temporarily hang a fender while visiting a marina? Or maybe to suspend a bucket from while washing down the hull? Darby Marine claims its Darby Suction Cleat can take care of these nautical needs and more. It measures 121⁄2 inches long and has a molded-in, six-and-a-half-inch cleat on the handle.
I put the suction cleat through its paces while visiting a friend's boat and found it easily provided an extra tie-off for the tender and a temporary handhold, besides fulfilling the aforementioned additional uses. All I had to do was merely press the four-and-a-half-inch suction cups firmly on a clean, flat, dry, nonporous surface and activate the levers. While I didn't do any weight-testing other than lifting a large engine hatch, the company claims the cleat can easily lift a minimum of 100 pounds when it is attached to a smooth surface.
At a suggested list price of $59, the Darby Suction Cleat is a handy thing to have aboard.--K.K.
Darby Marine Phone: (954) 761-9511. www.darbymarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.