Ditto. 08 smoker lodge from stevens, no cleats. Just fine for me. No catching of lines, feet, or net bags. Improvised with carabiner to the rear grab handles and front eye hook.My 2000 smoker craft didn't have cleats. I don't think most of them came with cleats. I'm glad as I was able to mount them inside the rail molding instead of on top where they hang up on nets, people getting in and out etc. And place them in the proper positions to hang fenders correctly.
100% correct. And not just the cleats. Boats are an “investment “ anymore due the higher costs. When I had my North River built I went to Roseburg 3 times and added at least a couple of items just before and during the build. They were very accommodating. When they delivered her she was ready to rock and roll. It’s all in the details and most of time it’s the little things that bite you in the end. 🇺🇸One of the first things I inspect on a boat is the practicality of the cleats’ placement.
This is a good reminder to ask about them before signing on the dotted line.
Mine are bolted on. Nice heavy duty stainless bolts with nyloc nuts on them. My sled is only 16’ long but they are way more than adequate. I cant think of a scenario where they would break.
No help but, a couple brought their brand new huge Duckworth to the ramp to launch for the first time.The colors, top, all matched their huge new truck truck. I helped them and we discovered there were no cleats in the boat, had to tie it up via the steering wheel. The wife was furious. I told her no big deal, they can put cleats on. She said *&!! cleats, the seats don't match the truck. Priorities.So as any kid in a candy store, I'm excited to pick up my new boat. Not much on my mind other than, "I want to get fishing". I do my walk through, listening to the break in details of the motors and the list of items that are still waiting on back order that need to be done, which none of prevent me from taking the boat out.
The first time I put it in the water I realize something is missing that I thought was common on ALL boats. I had no cleats, NONE.
Are these now an optional item? Is there an easy way to solve this problem or do I need to complain again to the boat dealer that another item is missing?
Any help is most appreciated, thanks
I got two. Plastic ones.And the drain plug hole is threaded on my boat(Pro Sportsman) so I replaced it with a galvanized one. I’m not sure whether or not I like a threaded drain plug. Just my opinion.Lucky they gave you a drain plug. Probably an option but I’m sure you got one!
If your boat and threaded hole is aluminum, you might want to rethink that galvanized plug. Electrolysis.I got two. Plastic ones.And the drain plug hole is threaded on my boat(Pro Sportsman) so I replaced it with a galvanized one. I’m not sure whether or not I like a threaded drain plug. Just my opinion.