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Old 04-13-2006
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An alternative is to wrap the wheel in decorative hand whipping. Your personal hand-knotted rope cover would provide a much nicer feel and finish than the best store-bought leather cover, and is dirt cheap (material-wise), if you can spare a day or two...

See for a basic example. For proper instructions, get a copy of The Marlinspike Sailor , a must read for any quality rope use. Then add a Turkshead on the king spoke and you’ll enjoy it forever.

Twenty years ago I did the wheel on a C&C 30 with a nice triple turn whipping. I happened to pull alongside that long-ago sold C&C last summer, and that oh-so-salty wheel cover immediately put a smile on my face.
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