Spiral Key Fob using a Spiral Portuguese Sennit
After I wrote the original article on Lanyards & Key Fobs, some friends saw the spiral version and wanted to know how to make the spiral key fobs.
Making a Spiral Portuguese Sennit, key fob is not too difficult and the spiral gives a new texture and color pattern.
Either the original flat Lanyards and Key Fobs or the Spiral versions are easy to make with a bit of practice. These make great little gifts for people, make them in their college or favorite colors.
If you have friends with sailboats with Pelican Hooks on their lifelines, make them a set Red & Green Lanyards for their Pelican Hooks, if you are in a bit of a joker mood, install them with the colors reversed.
I have given many Key Fobs & Pelican Hook Lanyards to friends and others as gifts, since everyone seems to like different colors, I made a large assortment of many different colors and line types then let people choose their favorite color.
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, great knot for tying fenders and all around useful knot
A great Fender Knot is the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, it is also a great all around knot for both using on a boat and at home.
I find the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches just as quick if not quicker to tie and much more secure than the more commonly used Clove Hitch.
The Round Turn part of the knot provides friction on the item it is tied around, the friction lets you control a load with ease. When tying a fender the Round Turn lets the fender be held up using just your finger tips while tying the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches.
If I use a Clove Hitch, most of the time I will use Two Half Hitches to secure the Clove Hitch to keep the Clove Hitch from slipping.
The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches is my preferred knot for Tying to a Bull Rail.
A Towboat Hitch / Capstan Hitch is another great knot when you need to tie a line to a single post or a winch on a sailboat.
Towboat / Capstan Hitch tied on a sailboat winch
The Towboat Hitch or Capstan Hitch is a great knot or hitch to use when you need to tie a line to your winch or a post. The Towboat Hitch or Capstan Hitch is quick and easy to tie, very secure, and can be released under load.
The Towboat / Capstan Hitch is great when you need to tie to a piling or similar object.
Winches on sailboats are usually very solidly mounted because of the high sheet loads, this makes them a nice attachment point when towing another boat, winches are also usually easier to reach than cleats.
The Towboat / Capstan Hitch is a well kept secret, I have demoed this for people who have sailed all their life and the look on their face is one of amazement.
I have updated the instructions with better pictures and instructions.
Practice this one a few times and amaze your friends and fellow boaters.
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Pelican Hook for a Lifeline
The simple Pelican Hook seems to befuddle many crew members (and a fair number of skippers also). Here are some simple tips to take the mystery out of the Pelican Hook.
Improper operation of the Pelican Hook can damage the Pelican Hook or cause it to open up unexpectedly causing the gate of Lifeline to open up. That can lead to crew members falling overboard if the lifeline is not secure. Even if a crew member is just using the lifeline to help a bit with balance, suddenly having the lifeline go slack can be a very bad surprise and can lead to injury or crew going overboard.
The Buntline Hitch is a very secure, but little known knot. It’s history goes back to the age of sail when a knot was needed that would stay tied to the foot of the sails on Square-Rigged Ships with the sail flogging or slatting, since the Buntline Hitch tends to tighten up rather than loosen up like many knots do in these conditions.
The Buntline Hitch was used to tie the foot of the sail to the buntlines. The compact size of the Buntline Hitch allowed the sails to be trimmed tighter through the deadeyes.
Many riggers use the Buntline Hitch today as their preferred knot when going aloft as it is very secure and more compact than a Bowline, the compact size also the rigger be hoisted a bit higher up the mast, very nice for those times when working at the mast head.