Originally Posted by Cypman
I would never trust a snap hook/carabiner, they regularly fail. I do use SS shackles but they must be fully tightened with a shackle key or pliers.
Once you have gained confidence splicing is really quite easy and you will quickly become an expert.
One of the main benefits of the bowline is that they will easily undo, even after huge tension. All you have to do is push the round turn of the knot downwards in the direction of the rope and the knot will easily open up.......simples.
Agreed. Most nautical bends and hitches (knots) were designed to be easy to undo, i.e. not jam up hard. On the bow eye I have a bowline because it's too awkward to do an eye splice. When not under tension they are easy to undo, as described, but impossible while under tension. I tape the loose end to the main length. The painter is made fast to the loop of the mooring using a round turn and three or four half hitches (two can undo themselves in these circumstances). This hitch can always be undone even while under considerable tension.