Originally Posted by StuM
Another option would be a clove hitch - that doesn't need access to the end.
Steve Bean beat you to this suggestion
Originally Posted by Steve Bean
One way to make a sheepshank more secure is to use a clove hitch at each end rather than just one half hitch, and tighten up well.
Stu, I really like your marlinspike hitch on a sheepshank suggestion. This could also be added to the handcuff knot instead of just a half hitch. The clove hitch is another alternative there too.
If a huge amount of line needs to be taken up, the handcuff knot secures the centre of it nicely.
I have been looking through the posts in this thread at all the midline options to shorten a line. This is the collection so far:
- Sheepshank (uses a half hitch on the loops and as Salty said is very "loosely goosey") = Nudo Margarita in Spanish
- Sheepshank with a clove hitch instead of the half hitch
- Sheepshank with a marlinspike hitch instead of the half hitch
- Sheepshank with bowline type finish on each loop
- Handcuff with a half hitch on each loop = Man o'war sheepshank
- Handcuff with a clove hitch instead of the half hitch
- Handcuff with a marlinspike hitch instead of the half hitch
- Handcuff with a with bowline type finish on each loop
- Alpine butterfly loop (excellent as long as you only need to shorten a small amount of line, it becomes unwieldily to tie otherwise)
I suppose you could even use three half hitches on either the sheepshank or handcuff knot.
And using supplementary aids:
- Sheepshank secured with sail makers' twine or cable ties
- Use a short line to tie two rolling hitches to shorten the line
The midline bowline is not useful here as strain is put on the 'tail' not the loop.
Martinworswick, I haven't been able to make head
nor tail of your suggestion