tape is fine just for wrapping around the rope to contain
the strands prior to cutting it.
However, a whipped-end is not only the best looking way to finish a
rope end but if done properly it will outlast other methods.
common whip is fine in most cases but for lines which require a more
secure, longer lasting end the sailmaker’s whip is more robust.
Of the several methods used for binding a line end, the easiest to do
is the common whip.
Kit With NeedleThis
doesn't require any tools and can be used with either three-strand or
braided line, but it does have the disadvantage that if handled often
it can become loose and slip off.
The video below will probably give you a better idea of the process.
However, the basic steps are to start with a loop of the twine that is
at least twice as long as the diameter of the rope.
Lay the loop along the rope with the loop toward the bitter end of the
rope and the short end extending down the length of rope (standing end).
wrapping the twine around both the rope and the bight in the twine,
from the base of the loop, leaving the end of the loop showing.
Pull each turn tight and snug as you go along.
Keep winding until close to the end of the loop.
Cut the twine with then slip the end through the loop.
Now if you pull on the short end of the loop this should pull the cut
end of the twine through under the windings.
Finish off with a buried reef knot.
can finish with several reef knots or half hitches then pull these
through the rope or under the bindings with a needle so that they are
Trim the line close to the whip and if using synthetic rope melt the
end as well.
This is not strictly speaking a whipping
but merely a series of
overhand knots finished off with a reef knot.
is not particularly secure but it is quick and easy to learn and will
hold until the end is properly finished off with a better method.
with a ‘constrictor knot’, then working away from the bitter end tie a
series of overhand knots and finish with a reef knot or two, which can
be pulled through the rope to bury it using a needle.
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than cure" (Sir
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