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post #11 of Old 04-29-2011
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bowline is easy to tie and break quickly. J-lock type shackles are nice, but pricey.

Tylaska Marine Hardware - Mystic, CT

Yes, getting hit by one hurts, and they can ding the mast when tacking.

Going up the rig, I like a climbers figure 8 a la here:

Rock Climbing Knots: Figure Eight

(top diagram)
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