Friday, January 16, 2015
Taking it easy, and knots
I'm not doing to much except resting and getting better. I did make a trip to buy some racheting tie downs to replace the ones currently on the boat. Since one snapped, the others are probably due for replacement too. People lose stuff due to poor tie downs all the time.
In my travels I often see things like bungee cords lying in the road. It's tempting to stop and pick them up, but I don't. Think about it: it's lying in the road because it failed to do its job.
A self reliant independent person should have at least a basic knowledge of knots. Mastering even a half dozen knots will handle most of your tying and fastening needs. I first learned knots in the Boy Scouts. Do they even teach knots in the Boy Scouts anymore? Later, as a Firefighter, I learned more rope skills. Then I got into sailing and learned a few more useful knots.
It almost feels wrong to buy ratcheting straps than doing everything with rope. Still, those nylon straps are pretty strong, easy to use, and fast. Of course, when one did snap, it was replaced with a length of rope, which did the job for the next 1000 miles.
Learn a few knots, then treat yourself to a rigging knife with a marlin spike. They are pretty cheap, handy, and you'll feel like a real rope master. Nothing like having the right tools for the job.
I'm not even going to get into fids.