In nautical contexts, a cleat is a device for securing a rope.
Types of cleat designs include the following:
- A horn cleat is the traditional design, featuring two “horns” extending parallel to the deck or the axis of the spar, attached to a flat surface or a spar, and resembling an anvil.
- A cam cleat in which one or two spring-loaded cams pinch the rope, allowing the rope to be adjusted easily, and quickly released when under load.
- A jam cleat in which the line is pinched in a v-shaped slot.
- A clam cleat (or jam cleat) in which the rope is held between two fluted stationary pieces. Such a cleat vaguely resembles two halves of a clam shell held back to back. It is more compact than a cam cleat, but the rope is less easily released under load.
A cleat hitch is a knot used to secure a rope to a cleat.
- Ashley 1993, p. 286.
- Ashley, Clifford W. (1993) , The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. Dust jacket, ISBN 0-385-04025-3
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