Good gear: Moonlite rail cleats & V-Lock mount system

Today I added a new Panbo category for gear I try which is not electronics related, but which is good enough that you might want to know about it.  Like the Moonlite Marine rail cleat above.  I'd never seen one in the aluminum and stainless...

28th June 2010.
By Ben Ellison

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Today I added a new Panbo category for gear I try which is not electronics related, but which is good enough that you might want to know about it.  Like the Moonlite Marine rail cleat above.  I’d never seen one in the aluminum and stainless flesh before taking a $20 chance online, but now I think they’re well-designed and built, and darn effective…

As you can somewhat make out in the photo, two machine screws hold the black anodized cleat to the stainless band, and then two set screws tension the cleat against the rail or post…clean and solid.  Gizmo now has three starboard fender cleats placed where they’ll minimize strain on the rail bases but also keep line wear off the already abused teak toe rail, and a couple more Moonlite’s handling dinghy boom vang lines on the bridge.  (Isn’t it funny how ex-sailors like me find ways to expand and improve string handling on power boats.)

Now check out the neat new V-Lock
mount system
below, which I first noticed in a Panbo ad, of all places (thanks to my deal with Mad Mariner, the ads are as much a surprise to me as to you all).  The photo shows a blank insert in the V-Lock, but I drilled
and bolted another one to a
Magma
“economy” grill

(another piece of good gear, so far), and the combination is, again, clean and solid.  In fact, a vise mounted on this blank insert would take all sorts of work strain (especially if
I reinstalled the stainless lock pin V-Lock includes and found the extra-long bolt I need to finish the fastening job). 
   Meanwhile, I’ve installed another V-Lock in a cockpit locker, so I can stow the grill securely, and I’m thinking of putting a couple on the flying bridge because it would be nice to have some fire up there sometimes, and this system is so strong it might serve for testing a sizable multifunction display.  Lots of boat objects seem V-Lockable.  And while $49 for a single insert/lock pair seems a tad high, the quantity breaks are good, and there’s also a 15% discount with the code “MadMariner”, at least while the ad runs, I guess.  Now, if I can just find a magic product that would make Gizmo’s exterior woodwork less embarrassing without manual labor, I’ll be all set.

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Ben Ellison is electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group, specifically Yachting and Cruising World. He previously was electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and SAIL, as well as a writer for Ocean Navigator. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.Panbo.com, which has 80,000 monthly readers worldwide.
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