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Marlinspike Seamanship: Knots and Splices

In this one-day seminar attendees will learn the basics of rope work, knots, hitches, and splices.

No more buying pre-made dock lines! After this seminar you’ll be able to build your own dock lines with spliced loops and whipped ends. Likewise, you will learn to splice braided line, so that you can make your own halyards and running rigging.

The seminar will begin with an overview of line types and construction, then cover the basics of rope work and rigging, with a focus on practical, hands-on skills. Several salty sailors with be on hand so that smaller break-out groups can work on specific techniques.

Special tools are needed for basic rope work, and no sailor’s ditty bag should be without them: A sailor’s palm, sailmakers needles, waxed marline, and a Swedish fid. If you own these items, please bring them. If not, Spaulding can provide this suite of tools AT COST for $40, and they will last you a lifetime. Please let us know, at least one week in advance, if you would like to purchase these items from Spaulding, and whether you would like a right or left-handed palm. The kit does NOT include a knife, because most people already have a good rigging knife, or have strong preferences in what they’d like. Please bring your own knife.

The Instructor: A long-time friend of the Spaulding Marine Center, Jim Linderman came of age in the Stone Boatyard, where his father & grandfather were longtime boatbuilders. Jim went on to earn his 3000-Ton Master’s license after sailing on various traditionally-rigged sailing vessels throughout the world. Jim rigged the Spaulding Marine Center’s 1885 gaff-rigged sloop, Freda, the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Jim continues to oversee, maintain, and upgrade Freda’s traditional rigging.

$50 suggested donation, lunch and coffee bar included.

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail, or make your donation via the PayPal link below: