Originally Posted by Seaworthy Lass
We seem to be using knots from a few centuries ago designed for use with natural fibres. These are not necessarily the best ones to use for lines commonly used nowadays like double braid polyester. No one seems to be loading testing and checking.
Originally Posted by StuM
I think the main reason why the Zeppelin and similar are not used much is purely habit and tradition. The same old knots are just passed on from generation to generation of sailors without question.
I'm questioning it
Seriously, we have have such advancements in materials used for making lines, yet the old knots are being used without question. Even weaker versions such as the double sheet bend #1434 are in use. Since I have been hunting for info about this I have repeatedly come across comments that the double (ie 1434) may slip more than the single
. Yet is is still widely taught as one of the essential bends to know.
Time for some of these old traditions to be given a little shake up and upgraded for use in the 21st century