Stop Knots

Passage Maker - - The Right Stuff -

Iknow, I know, it’s a sail­boat, but please in­dulge me. While cruis­ing the Downeast Loop this sum­mer, we vis­ited Lunen­burg, Nova Sco­tia. On the way into port, Bluenose II ap­peared out of the fog. The next day I climbed aboard and no­ticed that ev­ery sail stop knot had been tied the ex­act same way. I find beauty in the curves and el­e­gance of the knot, but that’s not what earns it a spot in “The Right Stuff.” By ty­ing each of th­ese knots the same way ev­ery time, the crew en­sures that day or night, blind­ing rain or break­ing seas, they can quickly un­tie and get the sails up. Con­sis­tent ad­her­ence to rou­tines pays great div­i­dends at sea. If you coil each dock line the same way and al­ways stow them in the same places, it makes dock­ing a lit­tle eas­ier. If you in­spect the en­gine room in the same se­quence each time, you re­duce the chances of miss­ing some­thing. If you stow the binoc­u­lars in the same place ev­ery time you fin­ish us­ing them, you will never have to go search­ing for them when needed. Now, if only I could find my read­ing glasses.

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