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2 years 1 month ago #29253 by Jayarrgh
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While I was researching Bill Tritt patents, this one particularly caught my eye. In 1960, he got a patent on a boat cleat. I recognized that cleat because there are three of them on my 1960 Seafair Sunliner. I wondered where those fancy cleats came from, now I know they were a Bill Tritt design. B)

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One cleat on each stern quarter and one on the foredeck
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2 years 1 month ago #29255 by Salmonbob
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I have these on my 61 sedan
they need a good polishing!

Bob

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2 years 1 month ago #29256 by gwbell
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Wow, Jerry!

Again, learn something new everyday! I recognized these cleats to be Glasspar specific, but did not know they were a Bill Tritt design/patent.

Thank you for posting!

George

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2 years 1 month ago #29257 by Terrydi
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Nice find Jerry. Those are beautiful. Looks like cast aluminium. And I notice how the screws are lined up. Are they stainless or plated brass?
Interesting that patent file date is the same as the Seafair Phaeton.



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2 years 1 month ago - 2 years 1 month ago #29258 by Jayarrgh
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Terrydi wrote: Nice find Jerry. Those are beautiful. Looks like cast aluminium. And I notice how the screws are lined up. Are they stainless or plated brass?
Interesting that patent file date is the same as the Seafair Phaeton.
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Terry, the cleats are cast aluminum and the screws seem to be chrome plated brass with brass nuts. Yes, the screw head slots line up and I guess they are going to stay that way. After all this time they have become bonded to the cleat.

As for the timing of the patent application, I am inclined to think the cleats were created to add styling touches to the new models for 1960. New that year were the Seafair Phaeton, Seafair Sunliner, Citation and Marathon. I know the Seafairs got these cleats, I don't know about other Glasspar models.

-JR (Jerry)

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2 years 1 month ago #29259 by John_P
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Good job on that research Jerry! Like you, we have those cleats on the front and rear of our 1960 Seafair Sedan.

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