For ma­noeu­vring, use fig­ures-of-eight in­stead of loops

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

It may seem odd to use fig­ures-of-eight in­stead of neater spliced loops or bow­lines for bow and stern lines and springs, but there is logic be­hind it.

Say you’re spring­ing out the stern. You’re happy that the stern’s out far enough to clear the boat be­hind and you in­struct the crew to let go the bow spring as you flick the en­gine into astern. As you're pulling away, the line some­how gets snagged on the pon­toon cleat.

With loops and bow­lines, you have to wait un­til the ten­sion is off the line to re­lease the in­board end of the line and com­plete your exit be­fore re­la­tions with neigh­bour­ing boats and their in­sur­ers be­gin to take a turn for the worse.

The thing about a fig­ureof-eight is that you can re­lease it un­der load. For static moor­ing lines, loops and bow­lines are fine, but for ma­noeu­vres, use fig­ures-of-eight.

For moor­ing ma­noeu­vres fig­ures-of-eight are a bet­ter choice than loops or bow­lines

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