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The trick to coiling ropes

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What is the issue?
Coiling ropes looks simple, but when it comes to actually tying it the rope fights the coiling and never lays flat to make those beautiful even coils. Most all my early attempts looked like a recoded impression of the path an atom makes around the nucleus rather than the beautifully coiled ropes that instruction books present.

Why address this?
Coiled ropes not only look good but are easy to stow, find and identify and quick to bring into use. If you don’t properly stow lines you will have a snakes honeymoon to deal with day in day out.

How to address this?
Coils ropes by the method presented in figures 1 and 2. The trick with coiling is to give each individual loop a slight twist until it happily lays flat in the coil. With laid rope it is also important to coil clockwise.

Figures 1 and 2 present a 'Gasket coil' which is a highly reliable coil for lines that are to be hung or laid out in a locker.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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