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A handy knot for going aloft


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What is the issue?
Going aloft and working on rigging can involve some danger and knots that fix in one place can be inconvenient.

Why address this?
A secure knot that allows some movement will be more likely to be used and prevent an accident.

How to address this?
Use the Tarbuck knot presented in figure 1 for a safety line.

The Tarbuck knot is a very flexible knot that can be pushed along, as you go up for instance, but jams tight under load from the opposite direction. Hence it makes an excellent safety knot for working on rigging.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.


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