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I would like to begin sheathing my SS wheel with yacht braid or some line(not leather) I like the way it looks, but can not seem tom find information about doing the work.
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What you''re looking for is "Marlinespike Sailor" ... elemental coachwhipping, grafting, ringbolt hitching, etc. I dont remember the author but the book is a standard for fancy knotwork on a boat ... and not as volumnous as "Ashley''s Book of Knots".
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"The Arts of the Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith also has this information with lots of good illustrations.

They must be good as even I was able to duplicate a number of the knots,and coverings!

I''ve purchased several books on the subject, but this one was the best $8.00 I ever spent. (in paperback)

Compliments received from other boatowners makes up for the initial frustration of trying to "get it right". You should enjoy the challenge.

Jim
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Thanks alot, I''ll look into that right away.
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Hervey Garrett Smith preaches the gospel according to Mathew Walker. If you read his books and follow his advice, your days at sea will be all the better for it. I know mine are!
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I ordered the book from B&N and got it in 5 days for 10 bucks. Very thourough.

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Hope you enjoy it! You now have something to do besides watch the boob tube!

If you are like me, it will take a few attempts before things come out the way you want them, but hang in there. When it DOES turn out right, the satisfaction of having done it yourself is wonderful! And you can take more satisfaction in knowing that you have a new skill you can use for the rest of your days!

Have fun

Jim
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