Features August 2009 Issue

Gripping Hitches for Loaded Lines

As new lines get more slippery, Practical Sailor searches out the best gripper boat hitch knot

Testers evaluated five different knots to determine which would be the ideal for holding a tensioned line. Testers considered ease of tying and untying, ease of learning and recall, and holding power with various types of line. The old standard rolling hitch was pitted against the modified rolling hitch, icicle hitch, gripper hitch, and sailorís hitch.

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