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Old 24-09-2008, 16:44   #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.


As I sit, a swirling sea of passion gives it's poems in waves underneath me.
The whispers of the sun in my eyes, a silence within.
Rhythm of the surf, drums of the sea. Thoughts tumble and toss about the deep blue abyss inside me, where the love of you dwells.
I'm fighting currents to get back to you, listening to the flow of your liquid language as you beckon me, "Come Play"
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Old 24-09-2008, 17:55   #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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"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, 19:07   #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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Old 24-09-2008, 21:53   #20
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Where to put my favorite leatherman? ...if nude sailing?
A place where the sun don't shine
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Old 24-09-2008, 22:28   #21
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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.
Dave -Sailing Vessel Exit Only
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Old 24-09-2008, 23:56   #22
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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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