Dock Cleats are either made out of stainless steel, bronze or galvanized metal and come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Cleats are the most common and safest way to ensure that your vessel remains secure at the dock or marina. While there are many types to choose from, your particular setting may dictate one over the other. And then again, you may have a preference on how the cleat is outfitted on your dock.
Below are the 5 most common types of Dock Cleats.
1. Galvanized Steel Cleats:
Manufactured from Hot Dipped Galvanized Steel these are the most popular dock cleat by far. Designed to protect from the elements and built for durability, they are a very economical solution for your docking needs. Cast with 2 holes for installation using Hex Bolts, it’s an easy installation for any do it yourself project. Galvanized Dock Cleats are available various sizes with the most common size ranging from 4″ to 12″.
2. Flip-up Cleats – Aluminum
Polished Flip-Up Dock Cleats are cast from solid Marine Grade Almag 35 aluminum and powder coated white or burnished using a special process to give a traditional metallic finish. Flip-Up cleats are durable and corrosion resistance. Flip-up cleats are great in applications where safety on the dock may be a concern or with a lot of foot traffic. The mounting holes on these cleats are recessed so that the bolts stay clear of attached lines. Simply flip-up the cleat to use and fold down the cleat into the low profile base when not in use. The most popular sizes of Flip-up Dock Cleats are 6″ and 8″. Flip-up Dock Cleats are also available in Aluminum, Powder Coated White and Black.
3. Angled Aluminum Rail Cleats (Dock Builders Cleats):
Angled Aluminum Rail Cleats are designed for aluminum framed docks. The Angled Cleat slides easily into place and fits most OEM dock builder style docks with an aluminum extrusion. The Angle allows for a stronger hold. Angled Aluminum Cleats are available in 8″ or 10″.
4. Classic Cleat:
Classic Cleat is one of the newest products on the market, yet distinctive and highly functional, they are available to suit any requirement. Case from solid aluminum and powder coated to last.
5. Solar Lighted Aluminum Cleat:
The Solar Dock Cleat is attractive and functional with powerful solar charging performance and mooring strength. Cast from aluminum alloy chassis they are wide with a sturdy base. 5 Super Bright white LEDs provide side and base illumination of up to 12 hours from a single charge. Viewing distance is up to 325 feet. Solar panels are Epoxy Monocrystalline and are waterproof. Lights are automatically on-at dusk.