Over the years we've made various minor alterations to Bluebird, most of which are shared here. We hope you find one or two good ideas you can use or adapt for your own boat.

Forward Cleats

As standard the Dawncraft comes with a single centre cleat on the foredeck from which we had two ropes, one each side leading back to the cockpit (see centreline mod).

When tying up it’s always good practice to take the rope back aboard and secure to a cleat. To do this at the front of the boat meant leaning perilously out to secure the end of the rope on the centre cleat before the boat moved away from the bank and deposited you in the cut.

I fitted additional cleats on each side of the foredeck which makes tying up the front much easier and allows you to take a loop back around the cleat and pull the boat in hard to the bank or jetty. Useful when moored in busy areas where passing boats would otherwise rock you significantly. 

Like the Solar Vent, these were secured in place on a bed of sealant using 4mm stainless steel bolts through 30mm repair washers, so as to spread the load and not risk cracking the gel-coat in way of the fixings

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