Knots and Ropework. Page one.

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  • Reeds Splicing Handbook
  • Practical Knots
  • The Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots
  • Knots. Step By Step
  • Splicing Modern Ropes
  • 50 Knots you need to Know
  • The Arts Of the Sailor
  • Knotting with Modern Rope
  • Netmaking
  • The Marlinspike Sailor
  • Knots and Splices
  • The Ashley Book of Knots
  • The Splicing Handbook, Third Edition
  • Collins Gem Knots
  • Nautical Knots Illustrated
  • The Adlard Coles Book of Knots
  • RYA Pocket Guide to Boating Knots
  • Knots & Splices

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    See also: Captain's Quick Guides: Knots, Splices and Line Handling

    By Jan-Willem Polman. Softback, 0.12kg, 100mm x 160mm, 123 pages, colour photgraphs. Published in 2018.

    Splicing rope is an essential skill. But the traditional 3-strand rope is fast disappearing. So how do you splice braided rope?

    Most of the techniques are quite easy to master – and also fun to do. See why splices are better – and stronger – than knots or shackles for joining or shortening rope, and follow the step-by-step photographs and clear instructions to find out how to splice efficiently.

    Containing step by step photos and clear instructions, this colourful and easy to follow aide memoire guides users every step of the way.
    This is the definitive pocket-sized guide to all rope splicing techniques.

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    By Barry Mault. Softback, 0.28kg, 140mm x 220mm, 128 pages, colour photgraphs. Published in 2015.

    A knot book aimed at the everyday user of knots around the home and outdoors. Instead of presenting a bewildering array of knots which are of no consequence in real life, this book shows you, step by step in photographic sequence, how to tie knots, and then how they can be used for a number of practical tasks

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    By Lindsey Philpott. Hardback, 1.59kg, 225mm x 290mm, 395 pages, colour photgraphs. Published in 2012.

    The Ultimate Book of Knots is an amazing resource of both practical and ornamental knots - flat knots, braids, plaits, webbing, woven knots, knob knots, solid knots, netting and Turk's head knots in all their varieties.

    Decorative knotting is an appealing craft, devoted to creating attractive patterns and interwoven textures for particular decorative effect, as well as embellished practical items in their own right - but it requires particular skills. The Ultimate Book of Decorative Knots is unique in its comprehensiveness and step-by-step photographic instruction, and will be the complete sourcebook for novices who are just beginning to experiment with the simple pleasures of knot and ropework as well as more experienced knotters who are looking to expand their repertoire and want to learn from the best.

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    By Des Pawson. Softback, 0.46kg, 100mm x 190mm, 400 pages, Colour Photographs. Published in 2012.

    Ultimate guide to knots for every occasion "Knots Step by Step" is the essential guide to knowing and tying knots for every purpose. From figure-of-eights to reef knots and highwayman's hitches to monkey's fists, it includes every knot you ever thought you needed to tie, and more. The book comes with a handy rope so you can practice every knot as you learn. Covering more than 100 knots for climbing, sailing, horse-riding, survival and fishing as well as for gardening, DIY, medical and decorative purposes, the clear layout and photographs of every step will move you on from knot-tying novice in no time. You'll also learn all about the different types of knots and the fascinating stories behind how many of these came into being. "Knots Step by Step" is the ideal book to have to hand for whenever a knot is needed.

    (Previously published as the "Handbook of Knots")

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    By Jan-Willem Polman. Hardback, 175mm x 255mm, 176 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2016. 0.67 kg

    For any seafarer, splicing rope is an essential skill. But the traditional 3-strand rope is fast disappearing. So how do you splice braided rope? This is the definitive guide to this crucial skill. Most of the techniques are quite easy to master – and also fun to do. See why splices are better – and stronger – than knots or shackles for joining or shortening rope, and follow the step-by-step photographs and clear instructions to find out how to splice efficiently.

    Learn how to·

  • Make strong, reliable splices in braided rope ·
  • Select ropes in the materials that best suit your on-board requirements·
  • Customise your ropes to make your setup easier and safer·
  • Optimise your deck layout and save weight on board·
  • Taper your sheets for ease of handling·
  • Splice an extra cover on your ropes to give better grip in clutches,
  • Avoid chafe and make them last longer

    While a knot can reduce the strength of a rope by as much as 50%, a well-spliced rope loses only 5–10%. The techniques, insights and suggestions within these pages will be invaluable to all boaters, whether recreational or commercial.

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    By Marty Allen. Hardback, 0.26kg, 130mm x 195mm, 96 pages, colour line drawings. Published in 2015.

    If you're unaware of the difference between a Cow Hitch and a Marlinspike Hoop or a Running Bowline and a Square Lashing, all will be revealed in 50 Knots You Need to Know. Packed with step-by-step instructions, discover how to tie knots to get you through any situation, whether it's nautical knots for sailing adventures or shanks and hitches for camping or climbing weekends. You will learn simple knot-making techniques that can be used for all your favorite pursuits. And once you've graduated from the easy stuff you can move on to the more serious examples, such as a make-shift rope halter to you can use to tame a wild beast or strong knots for securing and tying things together.

    Also included are a couple of pieces of rope, so you can start tying knows right away.

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    By Hervey Garrett Smith. Paperback, 0.30kg, 140mm x 215mm, 226 pages, Line Drawings. Published in 1990.
    Over 150 years ago, the skills needed to operate a merchant sailing vessel were many and varied. While not nearly as much in demand today as they were in the days of the Yankee clippers, these skills nevertheless remain important and necessary to today's yachtsmen and owners of smaller pleasure boats.

    In this excellent handbook on basic shipboard skills, marine expert Hervey Garrett Smith offers boating and yachting enthusiasts a complete course in rigging, working, and maintaining a ship. More than 100 illustrations help the reader grasp the fundamentals and fine points of handling a ship while the author describes in detail a sailor's tools, basic knots, and useful hitches as well as the arts of splicing, handsewing, and canvas work.

    Other topics equally important to safe, economical, and efficient boat maintenance and management include belaying, coiling, and stowing; towing procedures; how to make a chafing gear; and much more. Easy-to-follow instructions for fashioning decorative knots, ornamental coverings, and nettings, and even how to make a proper bucket round out this engaging and informative guide.

    Packed with useful "hands-on" information conveyed in a chatty, humorous style, The Arts of the Sailor is the perfect book to keep aboard ship for study and for ready reference when the need arises. It also makes delightful reading for armchair sailors and the legions of landlubbers with an interest in the sea.

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    By P.W.Blandford. Hardcover, 0.3kg, 146mm x 212mm, 152 pages, black and white illustrations. Published 1995.
    In recent years man-made materials have taken over almost completely from the natural fibres which have been used to make rope and all sizes of cordage for thousands of years.
    Although synthetic rope has many advantages, its smoothness and method of construction makes the surface more slippery, so some traditional knots may slip and be unreliable and even dangerous.
    This book addresses the practical problems of knotting synthetic ropes and cordage safely and securely. It describes the best knots for particular applications and not with accumulating a variety of knots for their own sake.
    The author draws on his own experience and that of others, such as yachtsmen and climbers, who must make knots they can trust.
    The book includes some well-established knots that are still suitable unchanged, together with alterations of others to make them secure and a few newly-developed knots especially suitable for synthetic cordage.
    The book depends almost equally on descriptions and drawings, giving uses and methods of forming knots, with the body of the book divided into chapters:
  • About modern ropes, strength, sizes, tools, terms.
  • Joining knots, for all sizes from rope down to thread.
  • Loops, with variations on traditional knots and some special forms.
  • Attaching knots for joining to poles, rings, stones, with several special-application knots.
  • Binding knots for closing bags, tying parcels and pulling things together.
  • Quick-release knots that hold until a part is pulled.
  • Adjustable knots that allow setting and control as well as gaining advantage when tightening or pulling.
  • Some knots that can be tied when the ends of the rope are unavailable.
  • Knots to form stoppers at the end of a rope.
  • Some basic decorative knotting, for which synthetic materials are far better than traditional cords.

    The book is completed with a comprehensive glossary and an index.

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    By P.W.Blandford. Paperback, 0.13kg, 121mm x 178mm, 104 pages, black and white illustrations. Published 1986.
    Bibliographic notes covers the subject from the very elementary points.
  • Tools and materials
  • Netting sizes and knots
  • The Basic process
  • Varying flat net shapes
  • Tubular nets and bags
  • Mounting nets
  • Square netting
  • Repairing nets
  • Miscellaneous processes
  • Things to make

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    By Harvey Garrett Smith. Pbk, 215mm x 280mm, 144 pages, drawings and plans
    Ever wondered how sailors tied those fancy bell handles or how rope fenders were made? And what about that braided rope that you want to splice? Well this book has them all! Discover the tools and trade of the marlinspike sailor and how they used decorative knots practically.
    A comprehensive range of knots made simple by basic illustrations and easy to read text. This book has a very well illustrated section on splicing 2-in-1 Braided Ropes. A fantastic book for any serious sailor!

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    By Cyrus Day. Pbk, 107mm x 152mm, 64 pages, full colour photographs.
    This book has been used by many thousands of sailors all over the world. The new edition of this much loved reference has now been completely revised to bring it up to date with modern developments.
  • Superb full colour photographs show the formation of each knot.
  • Refers to modern materials and their properties.
  • Covers knots, bends, htiches, loops, whippings, seizings and much more.
    A comprehensive pocket guide designed for anyone wanting to work with rope.

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    By Clifford W Ashley. Hardback, 1.86 kg 220mm x 287mm, 620 pages, Black and White Illustrations and drawings.

    This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to "Marlingspike Seamanship." Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officialy), they can be easily found in the big index. He tells when they appeared, something about their history, and what they are good for.
    Above all, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie them. He describes each step simply and clearly in the text and has penned right alongside some 7000 drawings to make it still more graphic. This book and a piece of cord will open a new and chanllenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages.
    There are many distinctive features to this informal encyclopedia. Outstanding are the delightful sketches and illustrations by the author that enliven every page. Mr. Ashley, a prominent marine artist, is at his best here.

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    THE SPLICING HANDBOOK, Third Edition - 2011, Techniques for Modern and Traditional Ropes.
    By Barbara Merry with John Darwin. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 246 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This 2011 edition has added aditional wire splices and information on the choice of wire. Also a new section on decorative ropework, such as rope fenders, chafing gear and others.
    This is the only book we know of that is dedicated entirely to splicing modern ropes. The book includes step-by-step illustrations and explanations for the most useful and popular splices in traditional twisted and modern braided ropes. It covers every kind of splicing project a boatie is likely to encounter, from the purely functional to the mainly decorative. The text and illustrations cover the most modern cordage such as Spectra, and includes wire splicing and rope-to-wire connection.
    Barbara Merry has the experience of twenty years marine trade ropework; John Darwin is a master of rope technology and has an extensive background at sea as deckhand and master, prior to employment with a large rope manufacturer.

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    Pbk, 82mm x 112mm, 192 pages, full colour drawings. 0.11 kg
    A guide to over 30 of the basic and most useful knots. It has clear step-by-step instructions to tying stopper knots, fixed loop knots, hitches and bends as well as decorative knots.

    Includes a table of knots with their uses.

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    By Paul Snyder and Arthur Snyder. Pbk, 185mm x 235mm, 96 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This book performs two functions; one is to describe how to produce 20 common knots, and the other is to instruct in winch and other rope-work in the environment which includes knotting.
    The knotting descriptions are very well illustrated using lined rope and in many cases full coloured photographs, to allow the reader to easily follow the path of the rope. The illustrations are well backed with a full narrative describing how to make the knot as well as its use and other technical information.
    The ropework section includes the use of cleats and winches, and covers the fixing of "snarl-ups" as well as instruction on the correct processes. It also describes heaving lines, running lines through sheaves, hanking a coil, and belaying pin work.

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    By Peter Owen. Pbk, 148mm x 210mm, 96 pages. full colour photos and illustrations.
    Whether you enjoy boating at sea, on rivers or canals, and whether you prefer dinghies, yachts, canal boats or motor-cruisers, you will need to know how to tie and use a variety of knots. The Adlard Coles Book of Knots, previously published as The RYA Book of Knots, is now available in a new edition, with clear how-to diagrams for easy reference and colour photographs to enliven the text. It will enable you to master over 50 of the most useful knots you will ever need.
    The knots are divided into groups such as stopper knots, bends, loops and hitches, each used for different purposes. The clear illustrations show how to tie each knot and for which situations it is most useful. There is a handy indication of which knots are easy to tie quickly in emergencies, and which work best with natural or artificial fibre ropes. Finally, there is handy advice on securing rope ends.

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    By RYA. Paperback, Spiral-bound, Waterproof, 0.04kg, 105mm x 150mm, 17 pages. full colour illustrations. Reprinted in 2012.
    Contains the 8 most useful knots that any boater needs to know. This book is compact enough to fit in your pocket and, because of its design, stays open, allowing you to use both hands to practise tying your knots.

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    By Jeff Toghill. Paperback, 0.04kg, 115mm x 180mm, 63 pages. Black & White illustrations. Reprinted in 2014.

    Beginning with a description of different kinds of rope and their uses, this practical guide illustrates, with step-by-step instructions and photographs, how to tie a wide variety of secure knots, hitches, bends, loops, splices, whipping and seizing, for use afloat and ashore.

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