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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:05 am 
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Steadily fixing up my first craft an old Hobie 16 and noticed the swivel cam cleat springs are shot. Unscrewing the cleats from the swivel mount I notice they are made by a company called Northfix(?), I did a search for this company but it brings up no results, so I am wondering if anyone from the community here, know of where to source originals? Or can recommend to me a suitable replacement to exchange these broken swivel cam cleats with?
UK based but happy to pay for international postage for any refurbished parts if the opportunity is out there..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:38 am 
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Those cleats are in rough shape anyway, with some jaw wear and cracked retainers. I would switch to the current Hobie-spec cleat, which is the Harken Cam-Matic 150. Here in the USA they are about $35 each. I started a thread maybe two months ago about rebuilding those cleats so you might find some dimensional info there. They are 38mm between bolt holes. I can get the bolt length if you want.

Hobie Cat sells them and you can probably find them at nearly any marine supply store also. Rebuild parts are available and Harken is not going away any time soon.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:52 am 
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Good solid advice, thanks.
Do you mind having a look at these cleats I found on ebay, they are labelled as 38mm standard carbo cam cleats and I am wondering if they may be suitable for me and what the difference is between these and the cam-matic 150s ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221490820725?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:52 pm 
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They have composite jaws rather than the metal jaws of the 150, so they will wear faster (the text suggests this, too). Otherwise they seem to be the same format.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:45 pm 
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FWIW Hobie Cat sells the 365 (what is in that eBay listing) as well as the 150. The 365 is cheaper.

Download the Hobie Cat parts catalog, or get one from a nearby dealer. It's worth looking through just to see what the parts are that go on the boats.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:04 am 
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Thanks Anton.
It makes sense to source some of the superior metal jawed 150s then.
Thanks for offering your advice, and the interesting articles that I found after viewing your homepage.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:13 am 
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I would. But if I already had the 365s, I'd use them without concern anywhere but the main. I think the main sees a lot of hard use.

Harken says: " Lightweight fiber-reinforced Carbo-Cams® for racing where weight is critical, or where adjustments are less frequent." I don't think the extra ounce per cleat is all that significant on a Hobie, much less an older one.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:34 am 
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BTW I found your cleat. From http://www.sailspeed.net/columna_archivos/zoom101.htm they seem to be obsolete:

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The company seems to be best known now for "pump-action" cleats:

http://www.sailspeed.net/columna_archivos/zoom101.htm

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