To continue my sailing series, I have to admit that I have much to learn about knots used for various “moments” while under sail…. a conglomerate of lines are found winding around the deck of sailing vessels and each one is attached – somewhere!!!
But with these lines one can “harness the wind” and “moor the boat” and provide you the opportunity to be in control. Old hemp, as shown in this image, has been replaced with synthetic fibers on newer boats, but on this old schooner the character of old hemp, chafed with much use, is still being used.
The main rope in this image is a 3-strand braided line. The American Merchant Seaman’s Manual defines ROPE VS. LINE: A rope is 1 3/4 inch circumference but a line is a rope with a specific purpose. When it comes from the store, it’s ROPE…. but when you put it to use or tie it to something it becomes a LINE!!!!
There are many “old sailors knots” that are practiced today. There are “hitches” and bowlines"
and “bends”, all with particular functions and ways of “releasing”. Some knots work as “mooring hitches” or “anchor bends” and there are a variety of other securing knots.
Beginning with cleating, I move on with a reef knot and a bowline. The line on the right is being held by a “clove hitch”…(I think :))……. Tying the right knot at the right time is very important.
So here I sit on the sofa, rope in hand (it’s not a line yet as it’s not attached to anything but my heart)…. and I am practicing my knots!!!! Glass of wine, a few nuts and a bend and a hitch…… lol The weather has prevented my sailing as the storms are coming and moving quickly…. but the weather will clear and I will be aboard my vessel with my able Captain T. Wilson…….
Have a great week my RB friends…… my journey is just beginning!!!!
CANON Rebel XTi
Canon lens 28-135 mm
focal length: 120
Exposure time: 1/25
If any “sailors” out there find that I have misused terminology, please correct me….. I am interpreting many books at one time and at my age things seem to become shifted….lolol