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A simple means to connect to lines and cables and support a parallel load


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What is the issue?
Connecting to a cable or line and supporting a parallel load is not an easy task and few knots can do it without slipping down the line.

Why address this?
A facility to do this would be most convenient, particularly whilst working aloft and as a safety line. A method of accomplishing this will find 101 uses in general practice aboard a yacht.

How to address this?
Have some loops made up and turn them into a sturdy strop to enable direct connection to lines and cables as presented in figure 1.

I was introduced to this technique when lifting replacement cap shrouds and a head stay in New Zealand. My first approach was to place the halyard though the eye of the shrouds and hoist it aloft. This made it very difficult above as the halyard had to be undone to insert the clevis pin. This meant that the unsupported weight of the shroud had to be held manually whilst trying to position it swinging in the bosuns' chair. This was less than ideal.

During this attempt the boat yard owner brought out his strop and attached the halyard to the strop lower down on the shroud. This made a cinch of the task as the eye was free so we could literally hoist it directly into place.

After that we got some loops for strops and used it to attach to a tiller without fixings, plus as a safety connection when aloft. We found it useful to connect to a sheet with a riding turn (wrapping it tight and pulling from an adjacent block to take the load off the riding turn).


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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