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11-21-2009 07:20 PM
GaryHLucas 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.

Gary H. Lucas
11-21-2009 03:36 PM
pdqaltair
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.
11-21-2009 03:12 PM
jmolan 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)
11-21-2009 09:39 AM
Hobos Splicing Instructions
11-20-2009 11:28 PM
denby Dawg, how you been? Haven't seen you around lately. Hope all is well you little runt.

BITE ME
11-20-2009 11:04 PM
sailingdog Knotty—

No one ever said he was very bright... Stubborn, yes, bright, no....
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Knotty,
I've done that for practice, very hard and seldom works. But what a Challenge.
11-20-2009 10:31 PM
denby
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Originally Posted by knothead View Post
Good idea. Just don't make the mistake of trying to put a splice into an old used piece of line. It'll put you off splicing for life.
Knotty,
I've done that for practice, very hard and seldom works. But what a Challenge.
11-20-2009 07:58 PM
braidmike
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Originally Posted by KeelHaulin View Post
So you'd rather tie that unruly blob of a knot to your halyard shackle (just waiting to get fouled in your rigging) than simply take the time to do a proper eye splice?

I don't discount that a figure eight may be a knot with higher strength; but I don't think it's suitable for use on sailboat halyards or sheets (unless it's an emergency). I can't remember how many times our sheets would snag and hold to the shrouds with bowlines tied; since switching to eye splices we have had none.
Do you splice the jib sheets to the jib? I've haven't seen that... could certainly see less fouling on the shrouds.
11-20-2009 06:55 PM
KeelHaulin
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Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
I used to make climbing equipment and I have tested this on a rig many times. Food for thought; rock climbers routinely take soaring whippers on 10mm ropes, never held with a splice, always a figure 8. Their lives do depend on the knot.
So you'd rather tie that unruly blob of a knot to your halyard shackle (just waiting to get fouled in your rigging) than simply take the time to do a proper eye splice?

I don't discount that a figure eight may be a knot with higher strength; but I don't think it's suitable for use on sailboat halyards or sheets (unless it's an emergency). I can't remember how many times our sheets would snag and hold to the shrouds with bowlines tied; since switching to eye splices we have had none.
11-20-2009 05:02 PM
knothead
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
In splicing, practice counts. I'd pick up an extra dozen feet of line and use the ends for practice, then cut 'em off and practice again until the splices look nice and clean. What's left can always make a fender line or something else on the boat, it won't be wasted.
Good idea. Just don't make the mistake of trying to put a splice into an old used piece of line. It'll put you off splicing for life.
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