the fid or ‘Speedy Stitcher’ to reeve the ends of the twine behind the
next strand to the left at the other end of the whipping.
Pull the twine tight.
When you have done all three strands bring the tail of the twine to the
end of the rope.
Finally tie a reef knot or two using the tail and working ends of the
Then knots are pulled through the rope to bury the ends.
the same technique with braded line except that you won’t be able to
separate strands with a fid but will have to use a needle to ‘sew’ the
With braded rope you won’t have the twist of the
strands as a guide so you will have to be careful to keep the frapping
Trim the strands of the rope close to the whipping.
It is still a good idea to melt the ends of synthetic rope as an
The sailmaker’s-whip takes a little more time and practice to master,
however it is well worth the extra effort.
Not only is it more secure but it looks more ship shape.
West Country Whipping
"Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better
than cure" (Sir
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.
Splicing is a very ancient art, which done neatly creates a beautiful
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