There’s a new all-Italian system for effortless mooring. You will no longer need anyone at the bow to break their backs with the transom, and you will no longer even have to block the line with your foot before turning in the cleat. How is this possible? Thanks to Joy Cleat, the motorized cleat developed by the Milan-based company Bonomi.
The cleat has two rotating pivots, one of which (the one furthest aft if the system is mounted forward, and vice versa) is electrically operated by a foot switch installed on deck and has selftailing sections capable of locking the line (the barbotin can accommodate lines from 20 to 32 mm in diameter).
Operation is easy, as you can see in the pictures belows.
1. First, place the mooring line or towline in the fairlead, without exerting excessive effort to tension it.
2. Check the direction of rotation of the pin with self tail, which will indicate the position of entry of the line.
3. Now place the mooring line to the side of Joy.
4. Now turn around the two rotating pins.
5. Keep the return line taut, but again without straining.
6. Operate the control button with your foot while keeping the return line taut.
7. Now tie the classic cleat knot to secure the line to Joy.
8. Finally, give the cleat knot a once-over for safety. Mooring is completed!
The gearmotor installed below deck obviously does not allow reverse movement of the pin, so the line is kept taut and locket without any additional action. Great, isn’t it?
Made of AISI 316 L stainless steel, Joy Cleat can be installed in place of traditional cleats and is available in two models, with pull capacities of up to 110 and 295 kg (with 12 or 24 volt electric motor). An ideal solution for boats from 40 to 60 feet in length!
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