My new sail didn't come with a lot of extra line, so there isn't much left to make fancy knots with. Maybe I should change it out. Here's what I have now:
All the tension is between the downhaul strap and the loop which goes through the mast hole. It is not on the cleat. A cinch knot holds them together and the slop is tied off to the cleat. I'd love to see picts of how Hobie and others are doing this.
One problem I noticed is that the line is too thick for this skinny plastic cleat, which really does not grip it well. So the finishing knots are important.
I have seen some people pass the line through the cleat from both the bottom and some from the top. Which is correct?
Bob, you are passing the line straight "up" through the cleat, with a keeper knot at the cleats edge and then you tie the rest off, correct?
Dog- you should photo document your downhaul mod here.