I recently bought a 2016 MF795 and have joined the forum to seek advice and share experiences with other owners. Thanks to everyone for the information I've found so far.
I've only just launched her due to COVID delays, so have a number of upgrades I'd like to make. The most pressing is to fit midships cleats. I note that some of you have done this, so I'm keen to know more. My local dealer has suggested fitting screw down types rather than bolt through, as they're far easier to do. I think Jeanneau fit screw down types at midships. Or do the dealers fit them after taking delivery?
I'd prefer to fit bolt through, but was wondering just how tricky it could be. I'm confident I can do most things with the right tools, but don't want to trash my new boat.
Has anyone had any problems with screw down cleats? Any opinions or advice would be much appreciated.
Hi Andrew, congratulations on your 795 and welcome to the forum. It’s a great source for information from owners.
As you look at adding upgrades to your boat you will find some of your options will be limited to access, although some of those limitations can be overcome by adding additional access panels as I’m sure you have seen on the forum.
Good call on the mid-ship cleat. You have probably read I had mid-ship cleats added to my 2016 795 by the dealer. They installed the pop-out cleats and while I like the clean look, I do find they are too small at times and if I had it to do again I would look at installing full size cleats. Location is key as well, having them right below the sliding windows will give you quick access to prepare your lines prior to docking. In regards to screw down versus bolt, I would highly recommend bolt through. I’ve added a link below from a Boat US cleat test where they found using 4 screw cleats failed 42% of the time through their testing methodology. You may already have experience with this, but some of the worst conditions when tied to a dock are when I’m not present and big loads are being put on the lines. You don’t want to find your boat tethered by one line and your boat crashing up against other boats or rocks!
Here are some photos of my cleat and the inside install. The install on the starboard side is done by taking the wood panel where the throttle is located off, and accessing through a fiberglass cut.
The dealer did a hack job on my boat, but I know it can be done cleaner. I have had to get access to the cleat a couple times to tighten the bolts as they have worked themself loose. Next time I will see about adding a lock washer or use a bit of locktite. Some folks have also recommended I add a backing plate to reinforce the fiberglass, so I am considering that.
Btw, sometimes feedback on the forum can take a bit of time, but it’s only because others have not checked in for awhile. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to folks through messages. I’ve had some great conversations and gotten to know members around the world through messages.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing and learning from your experiences.
Thanks for your kind welcome and detailed reply. I really wasn't convinced about screw in cleats, so you've answered my question perfectly. I need to see whether the standard Jeanneau bolt through cleats are likely to stick out too far or not. I can certainly see the benefit of pop outs.
It's my first boat, so I'm pretty nervous about taking her out. I've driven boats in the past and had some powerboat training. I'm also having some one to one training on my boat later this week, so hopefully with practice, things will become less daunting.
Looking forward to talking again soon and thanks again for all your past posts. It's been great to see how many different options and ideas everyone has. My boat is nicely equipped, but hasn't had anything added since new, so lots to think about.