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Old 20 June 2014, 19:15   #31
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thanks - that even sounds easy
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Old 21 June 2014, 06:07   #32
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I have an eye-splice around a S/S thimble attacted to bow eye with a S/S shackle - easy to remove / replace if necessary. I heat seal and whip the ends of the strands
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Old 21 June 2014, 06:31   #33
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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.
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Old 21 June 2014, 18:22   #34
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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.
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I didn't see it mentioned but the "Water Bowline" is coming used for moorings.

Knots/Loop knots/Water bowline - Wikibooks, open books for an open world
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The other thing I haven't seen is the practice of wiring shackles so they don't accidentally unscrew themselves (yes, it does happen - don't ask how I know.) A bit of safety wire prevents that.

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Any knot is a good knot as long as it doesn't undo. 4 pages on how to tie a knot? Alan P
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I thought you were an old timer. Surely you remember the hole drilling thread...
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Put a figure of eight in the rope, put 2 turns through the u bolt to reduce chafing and then feed the loose end back through the figure of eight. Will not come lose. Recommended by RNLI trainer on RYA course.
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