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Old 13-07-2016, 15:19   #1
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attachment to shroud

I made a shade cloth. I would like to attach it to the shrouds to hold that part up. Anybody have a good easy attachment for this purpose?
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Old 13-07-2016, 15:24   #2
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Re: attachment to shroud

There are a couple different ways. I've been mainly using a Prusik Loop for this purpose lately. You can take as many turns as needed to get the friction required.

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Re: attachment to shroud

We just use rolling hitches.
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Re: attachment to shroud

An icicle hitch works well with just an end of a line. It doesn't seem to creep up the wire.
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Re: attachment to shroud

Rolling hitch direct to the shroud. This is also how I secure the sheets when i tie them up for a clothes line.

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Re: attachment to shroud

Icicle and rolling hitches are nice ways to tie a line onto something and not have it slip. A Prusik Loop does that too but leaves a loop you can tie too.

I have been using a Prusik Loop attached to the shrouds lately because, unlike with an icicle or rolling hitch, with a guy attached to the awning I am able to get purchase on the loop much like when using a trucker's hitch, but I suppose if you like a floppy awning and don't care about purchase....
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, but I suppose if you like a floppy awning and don't care about purchase....

That may be true for a rolling hitch but you can pull an icicle hitch as tight as you want.
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We just use rolling hitches.
Works well for me at the forward end and the aft ends fasten to small cleats on the solar panel mounts.

I got tired of having to fold up the shades and store them away so mounted them each side of the boom with pull cords through eyelets. To stow them I undo the cords at both ends then push the shades into the boom and tie a slip knot in the pull cords, takes about a minute each side the deploy or store them and they cushion the boom nicely if I bang my head on it.
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Re: attachment to shroud

parachute cord lasted 5 years, regular string lasted one season, home depot red or green alleged paracord..h ha h aha ha lasted so far 2 seasons in tropics. pick (strings) lashings appropriately for durability.
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Re: attachment to shroud

^^^^

Re parachute cord: I salvaged a lot of it from a war surplus parachute one time, wonderful stuff, indeed; and then some more off the windward beach of an atoll that was all fouled up and took a lot of untying. Used it for 'string' for years.

Thanks for bringing back the memories, zee.

You know, thinking about it, we always would strike the awning somewhere between 20 & 25 kn of wind, as it becomes a sail at anchor. But I never needed purchase [the benefit of the Prussic] to make it tight enough. Just put the tension on the line then tied the 'string' to the shroud.

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h aha ha ha ha ann--my favorite place to find parachute cord was the glorietta bay launch ramp, coronado, ca. where navy SEAL teams launched for training. i was ALWAYS finding mil spec stuff.
remnants, string, stuff isnt gonna last more than a season or 2 unless you pick up after the u s navy.....mexinavy doesnt leave stuff behind,,,,,,
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