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Making Spiral Pelican Hook Lanyards & Key Fobs

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 … Continue reading

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Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

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 … Continue reading

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Buntline Hitch

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 … Continue reading

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Making Pelican Hook Lanyards & Key Fobs

You can save money by making your own colorful Pelican Hook / Shackle Lanyards.  They are quick and easy to make and you can pick your own colors. Key Fobs make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for your non sailing … Continue reading

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Improved Fender Whip–Part 2

This improved Fender Whip is easier to handle and holds knots much better than a regular three strand or double braid fender whip. Standard fender whips made of three strand or double braid are stiffer and over time become even … Continue reading

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How to Tie a Spilled Hitch Bowline

Tying a Bowline using the Spilled Hitch method is a quick and easy, but not a well know way to tie a Bowline. The Spilled Hitch Bowline can be used to quickly tie a Bowline around an object or through the … Continue reading

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Three Stopper Knots

Here are three different stopper knots for use on your sailboat. The Figure Eight Stopper Knot is probably the most popular Stopper Knot in use, named as it looks like a Figure 8, it’s in every sailing book. The Figure … Continue reading

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Washing Your Sheets, Halyards and Lines

Washing the lines and halyard that have been exposed to the elements over the winter is one of my spring rites of getting the boat ready for another sailing season. Washing lines can make them easier to handle, extend their … Continue reading

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