The Essential Knot Book

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Completely revised and updated,the second edition of this popular and handy reference book covers all the most useful and practical knots,bends,hitches,whippings,and splices in everyday use by mariners. It also covers the most modern high-tech rope materials and constructions,which require special knotting and splicing techniques.

Each knot,bend,and hitch is described,illustrated,and photographed in actual use. With one knot per page,the user never has to turn a page while ...

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Overview

Completely revised and updated,the second edition of this popular and handy reference book covers all the most useful and practical knots,bends,hitches,whippings,and splices in everyday use by mariners. It also covers the most modern high-tech rope materials and constructions,which require special knotting and splicing techniques.

Each knot,bend,and hitch is described,illustrated,and photographed in actual use. With one knot per page,the user never has to turn a page while tying. Soundings magazine said,"This small book lives up to its title. It covers all the average boater will ever need. "

From the bowline and figure eight to the trucker's hitch and the fisherman's bend,here are the 27 knots,5 whippings,and 12 splices every boater should know.

Sailor's Gazette calls it "the first book you should reach for right after you learn to throw a clockwise hitch on a cleat. "

Completely revised and updated,the second edition of this popular and handy reference book covers all the knots,bends,hitches,whippings,and splices the mariner needs to know. It now includes the most modern high-tech rope materials and construction—including Dyneema,Spectra,and Vectran—as well as Dacron,nylon,and the other now "traditional" standards.

"The book is just what it claims to be,the essentials. Just what you need to know,all done up in a neat handy package ready to put on board. "

—Sailing

"The Essential Knot Book is the first book you should reach for right after you learn to throw a clockwise turn and hitch onto a cleat. . . . This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of every serious sailor. "

—Sailor's Gazette

"With good photographs showingeach knot in actual use,clear line drawings showing step-by-step tying methods,plus large type,this small book is an excellent and surprisingly complete guide. It covers about two dozen knots that will take care of every need we have encountered in our sailing life. "

—Sail

"With large print and exceptionally clear drawings and photos,this small paperback lives up to its title. It cover the making and use of 27 knots,four whippings,and 12 splices—all the average boater will ever need. "

—Soundings

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071566940
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1987
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

COLIN JARMAN has been a professional marine photojournalist for over 40 years and an avid sailor for well over 50 years. His interest in knots and ropework began when he started sailing and has resulted in a number of bestselling books on the subject. Colin sails his twenty-one-foot bilge keeled cruiser along England's East Coast and the Thames Estuary, exploring small creeks and remote anchorages.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement iv
Some Rope Terms Explained vii
1 Knots, Bends and Hitches 1
Reef Knot 2
Slipped Reef Knot 4
Figure of Eight 5
Bowline 6
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches 8
Fisherman's or Anchor Bend 10
Clove Hitch 12
Lighterman's Hitch 14
Sheet Bend or Becket Bend 16
Double Sheet or Becket Bend 18
Rolling Hitch on Rope 20
Rolling Hitch About A Spar 22
Figure of Eight Loop 24
Constrictor Knot 26
Surgeon's Knot 27
Carrick Bend 28
Sheepshank 30
Marling Hitch 32
Waggoner's or Trucker's Hitch 33
Buntline Fisherman's Bend 35
Spar Hitch 36
Sliding Figures of Eight 37
Stopper Knot 38
Bowline on the Bight 39
Spanish Bowline 40
Jury or Masthead Knot 42
Hunter's Bend 44
Coiling Hitches 45
Half Hitch Coil 45
Half Hitch Coil for Stowage 46
Buntline or Gasket Coil 47
2 Whippings 49
Common Whipping 50
West Country Whipping 51
Needle and Palm Whipping 52
Sailmaker's Whipping 53
Alternatives to Whipping 54
3 Splicing 55
Short Splice 56
Long Splice 58
Three Strand Eye Splice 59
Multiplait Eye Splice 60
Stich and Whip Eye in Plaited Rope 62
Laid Core Eye Splice 64
Braid on Braid Eye Splice 68
High Tech, Low Stretch 71
Flemish Wire Eye Splice 79
Multiplait to Chain Splice 83
Index 85
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