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Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Today’s boat job consisted of real sailor stuff. Not that scrubbing guano off the decks isn’t the lot of everyone who has ever set sail whether it be across an ocean or across the bay but real,sailor stuff by definition must have something to do with a rope or line. Even twine qualifies.

I am making soft shackles for the smallest storm job and the try sail. I hope I never have to use them but if I do, there can’t be any fooling around.

These are made out of Amsteel, a synthetic fibre that is stronger than steel and making them up is a cross between a splice, a knot, and a grommet. It sounds way more complicated than it is.

II have these timings in use all over the boat. They don’t rust, are almost impervious to UV degradation and they don’t fail catastrophically.

The downside to all this? I need about 20 of them! No rest for the weary here …

Follow my tracks in real-time:


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