In the Marine Environment. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

June 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

In the Marine Environment

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In the Marine Environment 20220529 850_8538In the Marine Environment A galvanized cleat mounted on a pressure treated spile at a mooring area at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The reaction and minor deterioration of the marine environment are apparent.

At the opening of the summer boating season, the boats are starting to fill into the mooring area. Near that area are a series of spiles with pulleys and lines. These are the dinghies and tenders that will service the moored boats.

On these spiles is a symbol of the marine environs. A single galvanized cleat mounted on a spile. This is to tie off the small boat tenders.

The cleat is not is not a proper mount as it only has a single bolt with a washer. It shows some dissimilar metals as there is electrolytic action present. When materials are not compatible in a salt water environment, an anode and cathode form. The anode becomes sacrificial (as in a battery) and wastage occurs. In this case, it is not great, but it will be over time.

For today, this cleat is enough though. Soon it will have a line wrapped in a figure eight and half hitch. And the summer season will be underway.

 

 

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