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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

Believe it of not, I wrapped mine with hardware store 1/4-inch white polymer blend clothes line--the suff that comes in a cheap 50-foot hank. That was 4 years ago and it's going strong. I was in a hurry because I was delivering the boat home several day over Christmas break and it was cold. I wasn't very sure how I would like it, so I did something easy... and it became perminant.

Fancy knots? To me--and hands, tastes and wheels differ--the choachwhipping makes for a very uncomfortable and rough surface. Pretty though. I chose a shooth wrap, done buy working it tight with rubber-faced gloves. It took about 1 hour and should last about 8 years (granted my helm is protected and I only sail about 40 days each year). I also did some hand rails (verticals and some inside--not the cabin top rails) for better grip.

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I did this to the wheel on Raven and loved it. Indeed I'd rather have this than leather though I'm not about to strip of the leather in order to redo the thing in cord.

The final result was a bit iffy when compared to result obtained by someone who knows what they are doing but for a first time effort I was pretty pleased. I did it in stages over two or three weekends. Dirt is without doubt the biggest problem. I didn't redo the wee bit there as original centre mark. One has to admit it discoloured somewhat. Mind you the original was there for twenty years. After six years my handiwork still looked relatively clean.


That is the same wrap as I tried to describe in my earlier post, and nicely done. The use of ScotchGuard will minimize the degree to which the material collects dirt. It is a time consuming process however.

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I believe the name of that is a French Coxcomb, or French Whipping, although the latter has connotations that are best left to other forums (or is it fori?)

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[QUOTE=msmith10;1020231]I believe the name of that is a French Coxcomb, or French Whipping, although the latter has connotations that are best left to other forums (or is it fori?)[/QUOTE

That may be the name of the style. The knot is just a series of repeated Clove Hitches.

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