Belaying Pin

15 reviews

Sale price$14.95


Folks use these to attach (belay...) the halyard on Nutshell Prams, Shellback dinghies, and other small boats. So, what that means is, instead of a cleat to tie-off the line which you use to raise your sail and keep it raised, you can use a belaying pin. Drill a hole in the thwart (seat) and put the belaying pin in that hole. When you've raised your sail, you'll wrap the line around the upper and lower (the shaft that sticks-out below the thwart) parts of the pin in that standard figure-eight winding, to secure the sail. Two slick things about this: if you are rowing instead of sailing, you simply pull the belaying pin out, and it's not in your way. AND, if you get caught in a bit more wind than you wanted, and need to reduce sail area immediately, you can grab the top / handle part of the belaying pin, and pull it out. This releases the line, and your sail will drop down (watch yer noggin') very quickly. No fussing with un-wrapping from a cleat.

Made from Rock Maple (the really hard stuff), turned pin approx. 8" long, the handle length is 3 1/2", and the shaft of the pin is 4 1/2" long, with a 1/2" diameter shaft. Just the right size for your small boat.


Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
ray stechly
Belaying Pin

Gosh, I haven’t seen or used one of these in years. I was looking for someway to store the line for my sun shade over the back deck of my home when this came to mind. Little did I learn that the local marine outlets did not carry this item, some didn't even know what it was. Thank you soooo much for still creating a tool from the past...

Earl Nelson

Belaying Pin

Richard Ramsey
It works just like it should

I found these little belaying pins would fit in an oar lock. That makes them a handy removable cleat for a small skiff when a line needs to be attached at midships. They seem strong enough, and they are removable when not needed. Also, they float!

Susan Storer
Wonderful company and boats

Love Wooden Boat and thank you for that quick delivery…the Nutshell is such a little beauty of a boat. Thank you!

fred hagaman

Belaying Pin

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