Updated March 23, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 9 Best Boat Dock Cleats

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you’re docking your boat, towing a dinghy, or hoisting a sail, you'll benefit from the use of sturdy, dependable cleats. They can be installed at regular intervals along your vessel, and will help keep your craft secure when it's not in use. You'll find them in a variety of colors, finishes, and shapes, and they can also make for fun, nautical-themed home decor. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best boat dock cleat on Amazon.

9. Anndason 6.5"

8. Simplified Living 6”

7. National Hardware N223-347

6. Extreme Max Folding

5. Sweet Beaches Decor

4. Attwood Neat Cleat

3. Dock Edge Flip Up

2. Crown Sporting Goods SBOA-301

1. Cipa Retractable Seat

Editor's Notes

March 20, 2019:

Boat cleats are an inexpensive, convenient way to tie up or tow your watercraft, and boating experts recommend installing a few more than you think you’ll require throughout your vessel, so you’ll be able to attach a rope wherever you find the need. You can’t go wrong with a retractable design that sits flush when not in use, to ensure the safety of your passengers. These include the Cipa, Dock Edge, Attwood, and Extreme Max models that made our list. If you do prefer a stationary selection, the Crown Sporting Goods one featured here provides an abundance of room for tying your line. And no list would be complete without some that are created as maritime-themed décor, like the hand-painted Sweet Beaches, which come in a multitude of cheery colors, or the National Hardware choice, which can hang rope and frames on a photo wall in your beach house or any room with a nautical motif.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on March 23, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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