Like a curmudgeonly old friend you like more than you let on, the bite of Marlow #4 whipping twine has been nipping at my digits, especially my right little finger, as I whip the ends of the main halyard, sheet, and vang. I also spliced eyes into them, and even remembered to run the line through the shackles and blocks that needed to be permanently attached. I’ll also apply a throat whipping (google it – it’s nothing odd… I promise!) to each eye splice, but probably not until after the Everglades Challenge, as I prefer the lines take a load and set before I cinch the splices.
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