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Old 03-07-2011, 16:18   #31
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Re: Joining 2 Anchor Rodes

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Gordon, remember that I am talking about how to connect two eyes together -- not the same thing at all.

A square knot comes undone by slipping, or by capsizing and slipping. In what I am describing, the eyes are secured by the bowlines and are much less likely to slip ...
Sorry, I misunderstood.
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Since I enjoy knots, here's a perfectly good Carrick Bend that I have weakened by using bowlines to secure the ends. Note the bowline -- it is a modified form, where the end has been looped around and fed back towards the standing end. This makes the knot quite resistant to shaking free. I don't think it otherwise weakens the knot.

The Carrick bend is fairly strong because the rope doesn't have any tight-radius bends. The main reason I like the Carrick Bend is because it just looks pretty. When you have a choice of equally appropriate knots, why not choose a pretty one?
In the dark, and / or in foul weather, you want a knot that is both easy to tie and reliable. That's why climbers use figure eights. No worries.

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At a the dock I have used a Zepplin (Rosendahl) Bend (with a *lot* of ferry wake yanking away). Zeppelins bends rock if you are concerned about untying and they are dead simple.

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Zeppelin bend - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Whenever possible twisted line gets spliced instead of knotted.
I had forgotten how to tie a Zeppelin bend. This is one really great knot, and it's dead-simple to tie. Even after loading it's easy to take apart, and it seems very secure. Someone's strength test puts it around 80% which is really good. I think it's my new favorite!
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