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Re: Best knot for headsail halyard?
I agree with a shackle on a thimble eyed halyard. After all, the shackle you'll use on your boat is hardly large enough to be a serious danger. I wouldn't be comfortable with the possibility of the halyard chafing through on the head of the sail when aloft. I have also never had a properly tied bowline come undone, but I think it is too bulky a knot for that job and could get jammed aloft.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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