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Keeping lines in place, the figure of eight knot



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What is the issue?
Lazy line ends have a tendency to fly out through blocks, up and out of masts.

Why address this?
Rethreading lines, especially into masts, is not a trivial exercise.

How to address this?
Apply the figure of eight ‘stopper knot’ to the lazy or bitter end of the line. The figure-of-eight knot is also known as the Savoy knot, Flemish knot, double stopper and the word "of" is nowadays usually omitted. It is one of the most widely used ‘stopper knots’ and works with all types of ropes. It is very important in both sailing and rock climbing as a method of stopping ropes from running out of retaining devices.


Figure of Eight or Stopper Knot
Photo: Michael Harpur


It can be easily untied after a load has been applied, but it does not untie itself, and is less likely to jam than the overhand knot. It also places the least stress on the rope when tied tight. Finally, it is very easy to learn as it is very much as it is described.

Figure of Eight or Stopper Knot in use
Photo: Michael Harpur


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.




Figure-Eight Knot, or Stopper Knot



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