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Old 24-09-2008, 17:44   #16
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I keep a kitchen stainless steel in a sharpening scaber ty-wrapped the the binnacle

Pulled it once, but didn't need it. Have used it for maintenance, little rusty, for the money, it's not hard to replace.

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Old 24-09-2008, 18:55   #17
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We always keep a Leatherman wave at the helm. I just use a couple of small pan head screws to attach the sheath in the proper place. has come in handy numerous times, but we have never had to cut a line in an emergency.................
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Old 24-09-2008, 19:38   #18
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"I've never been in a position where I've needed to attend to a rigging emergency with a blade." Rick, it isn't just for that, but also in case a loop gets wrapped around an ankle, or wrist, and is under tension. A line can amputate a joint that way, very quickly. Or do a lot of damage in just seconds. Of course none of us would ever stick our foot or hand into a loop of line (ahuh) but most of the folks who work with lines (sailers, climbers, ruggers) also keep sharp knives handy, just in case.
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Old 24-09-2008, 20:07   #19
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Lets combine threads? How about sailing nude and knives? Where to put my favorite leatherman?

Just kidding. No Bobbit jokes, please.
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Where to put my favorite leatherman? ...if nude sailing?
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All our winches on board Exit Only are self-tailers, and I have never been in a situation where I needed to cut a line. The sheets and halyards always come off the jaws of the Lewmar self-tailers without a problem.

If I get an over-ride on a winch, I fix it immediately so that releasing the sheet is easy.

The triple purchase on the mainsheet goes into a cam, and sometimes the cam is a little hard to release, but I just hit the taught line with a winch handle to pop it out of the cam.

Perhaps I don't sail agressively enough. I'll try to do better next time.
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For those seeking the best rope cutting knives, look into Boye knives. 1 stroke (no back and forthing) will cut 1/2" double braid. 3/8" Spectra took about 2 or 3 strokes.
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