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Anyone have advice on making the stopper knot? I've looked at the video, but have a hard time picturing it when the 2 lines are parallel instead of coming at each other. Any advice?
Go over the video again. I am , I sadly admit, something of a klutz when it comes to knots and I managed to work it out. OTOH....the type of knot itself is not all that crucial. When I was originally playing around with the soft shackles I found even a simple stopper (figure of eight) will work. Just doesn't look as good.

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I did the figure eight, under load I don't see it as a problem, but rolling it around it can work lose. stuff is slippery.

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The knot isn't hard if you follow the video. After doing one along with the video you'll be able to tie em easily.

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I was looking at animated knots. Yeah, the video is a lot easier to follow. Thanks guys.

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Anyone have advice on making the stopper knot? I've looked at the video, but have a hard time picturing it when the 2 lines are parallel instead of coming at each other. Any advice?
Here is a page on the diamond knot Diamond Knot
And here is an animation on the knot Diamond knot animation
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btw .... one thing to be aware of ... you need to make sure that the shackle itself is large enough that it wont jam in something. When polling out headsail for example I've seen soft shackle jam in the pole jaws. Trap for unwary players.

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btw .... one thing to be aware of ... you need to make sure that the shackle itself is large enough that it wont jam in something. When polling out headsail for example I've seen soft shackle jam in the pole jaws. Trap for unwary players.
Good point. And the higher the load, the more likely it is to jam.

Somewhere I have seen somebody using a largish lignum vitae bead on the line (think it was an afterguy in this case0 between the shackle and the pole jaws. Probably this would for halyards as well. But where do you get such things?

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Allen: great site, the calculator will be quite useful! Is there an easy way to change the numbers for different diameter line?
Sorry to take to long but I have finally updated the calculator to work for a few different line diameters.
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Sorry to take to long but I have finally updated the calculator to work for a few different line diameters.
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By the way I used your calculator/instructions a couple weeks ago to make soft shackles for my new lifelines. The instructions were really good, as evidenced by the fact that I don't need them anymore!

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I've found myself wondering if line length is critical. I've made quite a few of them to pass time (non load bearing/not for marine use), and have found that I can coil the cord around to make variable loop length, then complete the splice and make the knot. If I'm using the right sized fid, then the rest is just a matter of working things in the right direction to get the desired result.
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