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A PRACTICAL TREATISE

Draw end back through loop and tighten. Sheet Bend.

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For light or medium ropes, it is a popular knot aboard ship. Carrick Bend.

Back splice

Used for tying heavy ropes or hawser together, it is one of the strongest knots. Under load, it tightens — an important feature because large ropes cannot be tightened by hand. To tie: Make an underhand loop with end and standing part facing the same direction. Draw second rope end down through the loop, under the first end and over the first standing part. Bring the second end up through the first loop, over its own standing part and down through loop. Half Hitch. To tie: Pass the end around the object and tie an overhand knot loosely.

Slip the end under the rope turn. Clove Hitch. To tie: Wrap end around the object. Make a second loop around the object and draw the end under the standing part.

For joining rope ends permanently, a Splice is much stronger than a knot. However, it doubles the rope size and is not suitable where rope must run through pulleys or sheaves in a block. For special purposes, other splices are used such as an Eye Splice and several Transmission-of-Power Splices. Bring unravelled strands of each rope together and place them in alternate positions. With any free strand, tuck it over and under one strand of rope B.

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The free strand will go over one rope strand, under the second and out between the second and third. Three tucks are made by each of the 6 strands. Repeat with another pair but in the opposite direction. It then becomes difficult to work with the rope, particularly when tying knots. Using a short length of twine or yarn, rope ends can be whipped simply and quickly by the following method….

Hold the bight and the wrap in place with the thumb and forefinger. Pull wrap tight. Avoid using rope that shows signs of ageing or wear. Avoid overloading. Do not exceed safe working load.

Knots v Splices: Strength Advice for Clipper Race Crew

Avoid abrasion. Worn rope is weakened. Avoid sudden strain. Shock loads can exceed breaking strength. Avoid kinks and sharp angles. Rope is threatened at these points. Avoid chemicals. Natural fibre rocks such as manila and sisal are severely damaged by chemicals. Synthetic ropes are less affected. For added safety, keep all rope free of chemicals.

Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

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Nylon, Poly and Polyester rope is severely weakened by prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Keep rope clean. Wash with clean water to maintain longer life and maximum strength.


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Store rope clean, dry, out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat to prevent rotting, mildew and drying out, thus becoming brittle. Rope is weakest at knots.


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  • Attaching the middle of a rope to an object when there is strain on both sides of the knot. Attaching the end of a rope to an object - a ring, a post, a bollard, a peg or even another rope. Taking up the slack in a rope. Working with the constituent parts of the rope - disturbing the structure and intertwining the strands. Making a bulky part in a rope to stop it passing through an object or to stop the strands unlaying. Joining the ends of a single rope around an object or objects.


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