The thread on the Zeppelin bend has resulted in a couple of requests for a separate section on CF for "Knots, Splices (and Bondage
In some regards sailors are quick to take on new technology (new materials, electronics
, even eventually new anchor
design ). In some areas though, we seem to be traditionalists, following methods a little blindly because "it is the way it has always been done". Tying some knots seems to fall firmly in the latter category.
The knots we are currently tying have been in use at least a couple of hundred years and were design for lines of natural fibres that do not slip easily. The better "new" knots that were first in use nearly a century ago have been largely ignored.
Why are we so slow to take on change?
It is not as if some of the currently taught knots are the best. And even some of the basic current
knots are not well known or used.
For example, the best options for joining lines of different diameter are pretty pitiful if none the quartet of twin overhands is used. I think there is lots of valuable info from knot
and climbing forums
that is simply not filtering through to us. Members may find more discussion on knots useful.
So, would you like threads on knots and splicing lumped into "Sails, Rigging
& Hoisting" and "General" as is currently happening, or is anyone interested in a separate section being created for these discussions?
results will guide the mod panel regarding the best course of action.