Originally Posted by OldFrog75
I needed to get some extra leverage on a tight line the other day so I tied another line to it with what I'll call a rolling sheet bend since it's the same knot but on a straight, tensioned line rather than a loose, bent one.
I am struggling to imagine the knot you are describing, but as DavidM and JeepBlue suggested, I too would use use a rolling hitch, making sure the tail of the additional line was initially taken around the tight line in the direction the pull was to be applied. This is important, as it will slip otherwise.
This is an extremely useful hitch if you manage to get anything like fingers caught in a sheet winch
. This is one I would practice regularly for this purpose, as the direction it is tied is critical and every second counts in a situation like this. I keep a few metres of 10 mm line under the dodger
for this purpose (needs to be long enough and thick enough to reach another winch it can be used on, as there may be too much tension on the line to hold it by hand).
Tests have shown that the icicle hitch slips less in this application, but in an emergency
I am much more familiar with a rolling hitch and I think it would suffice.
Another turn around the rolling hitch before the half hitch is tied to secure it will also help it to grip.
If it is not an emergency
, and the line is slightly slippery, it is useful to have the icicle hitch up your sleeve if the rolling hitch fails.