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Re: Best knot for headsail halyard?
I use a buntline hitch. https://www.animatedknots.com/buntline-hitch-knot
It is a compact knot allowing full hoist of the sail and is self containing of the bitter end so doesn't shake loose. As tension is taken on the line, the bitter end is trapped in the loop of the knot. Take two loops of the halyard through the sail cringle and then tie the knot. Haven't had a problem getting the knot undone even after a 15 1/2 day TransPac. Changed to the Buntline Hitch as a more secure knot with Dyneema cored halyards because of the slipperiness of the core. Don't know if it's needed, just did it as a precaution.
Previously used a bowline for halyards and never had one shake loose in more than 10,000 miles of ocean voyaging. Leaving plenty of tail seems to stop the knot self untying. Have had bowlines shake loose on sheets when I didn't leave a long enough bitter end tail.
Last edited by roverhi; 11-11-2019 at 05:58 PM.