The 9 Best Boat Dock Cleats

This review 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 review.

Editor's Choices
Top 9 Dock Cleats

9. Anndason 6.5″

  • Great for small craft like kayaks
  • An affordable option
  • Hardware isn't the most durable

8. Simplified Living 6”

  • Work well with half-inch rope
  • Sold in packs of up to 128
  • Bolts not included

7. National Hardware N223-347

  • From a century-old manufacturer
  • Backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Weight limit of 30 pounds

6. Extreme Max Folding

  • Holds up well to saltwater
  • A good value for the price
  • Also comes in 2 and 4-packs

5. Sweet Beaches Decor

  • Galvanized cast iron
  • Available in 4 or 6-inch lengths
  • Mounting screws included

4. Attwood Neat Cleat

  • Built-in drainage receptacles
  • Two size options
  • Detailed setup instructions

3. Dock Edge Flip Up

  • Marine-grade aluminum
  • Variety of color choices
  • Can accommodate long ropes

2. Crown Sporting Goods SBOA-301

  • Sturdy rectangular base
  • Equipped with 4 oblong bolt holes
  • Resistant to rust

1. Cipa Retractable Seat

  • Recessed holes for sturdy anchoring
  • Attractive black finish
  • Easy to install

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