Rid­ing turn knot with­stand­ing

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Martin Brad­shaw By email

Re ‘Deal­ing with a rid­ing turn’ (Sketch­book, PBO Au­gust), there is a more re­li­able method. ‘A rolling hitch is fine, but don’t worry about the correct knot’ is in­suf­fi­cient ad­vice. With a bar-taut syn­thetic rope, a rolling hitch will not hold – how­ever many ex­tra turns are added. Only a climber’s knot will get you out of trou­ble: the Klemheist knot. The il­lus­tra­tion above is from Reed’s Skip­per’s Handbook.

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