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Eye spliced the sheets and used one of these "softies" to attach to sheets.

Softies | Colligo Synthetic Systems | Colligo Marine

No more hang ups when tacking on my cutter rig.

Used em' for hanks, deck shackles, Sail tacks, halyard (no more banging shackles)

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They have reinvented the strope! Wow.

I think the invention is about 200 years old, perhaps more. These were common on dingies, back in the day. Using high teck line is a valuable upgrade. For lesser applications these can be tied from any flexible line.

I have always used stropes to hold certain covers on the boat, because they are faster than knots and will not scratch the sides like shackles or other metal connectors.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

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Removing knots. Some years ago I came a cross a nylon sling left by the poer company because someone had tied a knot in it and the knot was about the size of my fist and hard as a rock. Probably pulled tight by the winch on a line truck! I don't know what prompted me to try this, but I put it down on a hard surface and pounded the knot with a hammer. In a few seconds it was loose and I untied it! Over the year I have untied knots in lines of all kinds using a hammer. It does not appear to damage the lines.

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