1 1 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 G L E N M O R E S A I L B O A T S E D M O N T O N / C A L G A R Y Y O U R F U N & P E R F O R M A N C E C E N T R E N E W S L E T T E R D A T E S E P T E M B E R O U R S T O R Y I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : Glenmore Sailboats was With trailer able sailboats We look forward to serv- S E V E N E S S E N - T A I L K N O T S F O R S A I L O R S T I P S F O R F I R S T T I M E S A I L I N G 2 2 established in 1969 in Calgary, AB. The name comes from the closest water for sailing Glenmore Reservoir. up to 25 feet and a great selection of brands to choose from, Glenmore sailboats is your first choice for sailing, ped- ing you at either of our stores. H O B I E T A N D E M I S L A N D 2 It is now owned and operated by Gordon and Sheri dling and paddling! VanGunst who took over B L O C K S W I N C H E S T R A V - E L E R S 3 in Since then they have ex- H O B I E P R O A N - G L E R panded into Edmonton and diversified into paddle sports and peddle boats. K N O T S C O N T 7 They have also stayed true to their roots by con- K N O T S C O N T 8 tinuing to serve the sailing communities of Western Canada, offering boat sales, parts + accessories S P E C I A L P O I N T S O F I N T E R E S T : and clothing. HOBIE PRO ANGLER SEVEN KNOTS S E V E N E S S E N T I A L K N O T S F O R S A I L O R S PRODUCT WEBSITES By Jeff Werner Posted: Apr 1, 2013 Once you cut a piece of performing whether it becomes a jib sheet, a fender whip or a dock The first are those tied on the end of a line and are rope off the spool at the line there is an ideal commonly called knots, chandlery and bring it aboard your boat and give it a job to do, it becomes knot, hitch or bend for its given task. such as the bowline knot and the stopper knot. The a line you have put to work. Whatever job it is Types of knots fall into three general categories. second category is those used to join two lines
2 2 Page 2 S E V E N E S S E N T I A L K N O T S F O R S A I L O R S C O N T Bowline The most useful knot aboard a sailboat is the bowline. It forms a fixed noose at the end of a line that cannot run or slip and is commonly used, for example, to secure sheets to the clew of a headsail. Two bowlines can also be used to connect two lines. The great advantage of a bowline is that no matter how tight it becomes after being loaded for a while, it can always be easily untied. The well known ditty for tying a bowline runs as follows: The rabbit comes out of the hole, goes around back of the tree, and then jumps back into the hole. The rabbit is the working end of the line; the hole and tree are formed in the standing end. To finish the knot properly, give a hard pull on the tree and the rabbit s ears at the same time, so the shape of the knot is not deformed. To untie a bowline, turn the knot over and break its back by bending it downward. Cont page 7 H O B I E M I R A G E T A N D E M I S L A N D K A Y A K S The puff hits and the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island s leeward ama chisels into the water, its efficient, squaretopped mainsail immediately translating increased wind speed into extra boat speed. rig minimizes weight aloft thus stiffening the ride and both cockpits are fitted with steerage and sail-handling controls, allowing sailors of all abilities to share the experience. Tandem Island s rotomolded polyethylene hull into a highly efficient, pedal-or paddle-powered touring kayak with enough hatches and on-deck stowage for multiday escapes. The Tandem Island s two-piece carbon-fiber Best yet, the amas, akas and rig are easily stripped, converting the. B L O C K S, W I N C H E S, F U R L E R S, T R A V E L E R S, P U L L E Y S & M O R E Western Marine Company is a distributor of marine parts and accessories serving wholesale customers throughout Canada. We carry an extensive inventory of world, and supply to customers in both the commercial and recreational marine sectors. PLEASE check out their website for your needs. Transat Marine, a Divi- accessories serving wholesale customers across Canada. We carry an inventory of over 10,000 items from manufacturers around the world. Please look through the mentioned websites and we can bring in your requirements to either of our locations. over 35,000 items from more than 350 manufacturers around the sion of Western Marine Company, is a distributor of marine parts and At Glenmore Sailboats we can provide you with your marine needs.
3 3 Page 3 G L E N M O R E P R O D U C T S GLENMORE Sailboats provides marine parts, kayaks, PFD's, catamarans', Sailing Kayaks, canoes, rope, clothing, electronics, gifts, magazines, DVD's and more. Our product lines are: LASER HARKEN RONSTAN RWO HOLT GILL HOBIE WILDERNESS SCOTT MAD RIVER BOMBER NORTH WATER HARMONY PUNGO SALUS ACR RICHIE DIRTY DOG NRS G&B FUSE PROJECT X WAVELITE STHOL- QUEST WERNER and much more T I P S F O R F I R S T T I M E S A I L I N G Dress warmly and appropriately. Make sure you have your own hat, sunscreen, waterproof jacket, and non-slip, nonmarking, closed-toe shoes. Use the toilet facilities at the club before you get on the boat. Safety is important the club will provide you with a life jacket. Life jackets are essential on a dinghy and recommended on a keelboat in certain weather conditions and locations. Be careful not to stand on ropes or sheets and don t wrap them around your hands. Keep your hands and fingers clear of blocks and winches where ropes or sheets are. Hold onto something on the boat. One hand for you and one hand for the boat is a common saying. Don t leave a mobile phone (or T I P S F O R F I R S T T I M E S A I L I N G - C O N T Skippers will give you a safety briefing beeven a wallet) in your pocket as they may be lost overboard. Follow the skipper s instructions and ask questions if you don t understand. Don t drop or throw anything overboard. Let the club, skipper or Instructor know if you have a disability, illness or injury that might influence your ability to participate. Contact the club beforehand if you would like to discuss exactly what the activity involves and what your limitations might be. fore you head out, but if they forget, don't hesitate to ask for one. Have fun!
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7 7 Form a closed loop in the line, with the working end passing over the standing end. Pass the working end through the loop, around behind the standing end, then back into the loop. Give a hard pull to close the knot up tight. To untie a bowline, turn the knot over and break its back by bending it downward. Stopper Knot Cont page 8 To keep a line from pulling through a block or rope clutch, a knot should be tied in the end of it. The most secure knot for doing this is the double overhand stopper knot, known as the stopper knot for short. Unlike a simple overhand knot or a figure eight knot, this knot does not come loose easily. The easiest way to tie a true stopper knot is by using your hand as a form. Just loop the end of the line twice around the palm of your hand, tuck the working end under the two loops, and then pull the loops off your hand. Once you try it, you ll never use a figure eight again.
8 8 Working back to front, pass the working end twice around the palm of your open hand. After you ve got two full wraps, pass the working end under the wraps on your palm away from your thumb. Then use the end to pull the knot tight as it slips off your hand. Clove Hitch Cont page 9 This is a handy knot because it can be tied very quickly. On sailboats its usual use is for securing fender whips to a lifeline, stanchion base or toerail. It can be easily adjusted to raise or lower a fender as needed. The clove hitch can also be used to temporarily secure a dock line to a piling, but be aware that the hitch can unexpectedly work free as the boat moves around at the dock.
9 9 Take one full turn around the object the line is being secured to. Then pass the line over itself as you take another turn. Finish the knot by tucking the working end under itself and pull tight. Sheet Bend Many sailors use a square knot when tying two lines together, but these often come loose when not under load. The sheet bend is more secure, is easy to untie and works much better when two lines of unequal diameter need to be tied together. As you can see in the illustration, its final form is only slightly different from a square knot, though it is tied quite differently. Form a bight in the end of one line. Pass the end of the other line through the bight from beneath and around behind both parts of the first line. Finish the knot by passing the working end of the second line under itself, then pull the knot tight. Two Half Hitches Cont page 10 This knot has a self-explanatory name: one half hitch, followed by another half hitch. It is easy to tie and forms a running noose that can be made larger or smaller. This is the perfect hitch to use to tie a line tightly around an object. Combined with a round turn, it is an excellent way to secure a dock line to a piling. Tying two half hitches on
10 10 top of a clove hitch is also the best way to keep a fender whip from slipping. Pass the line twice around the object it is being secured to. Then tie one hitch on top of the turns by passing the working end of the line behind the standing end and pulling it through. Repeat to tie the second hitch. You can tie two half hitches without taking turns first, but they are less secure this way. Rolling Hitch Cont page 11 The rolling hitch comes to the rescue when riding turns jam a line on a winch drum. This hitch is designed not to slip. Use an extra line to tie a rolling hitch on the standing portion of a jammed line, shift the load to the extra line and you can free the jammed line. The rolling hitch will also keep any line secured to a vertical cylindrical object, such as a stanchion, from slipping. It can also be used to form an adjustable noose that doesn t slip under load, which is handy when securing tie-downs for an awning on deck. The Boy Scouts use the same knot to tension lines secured to tent pegs, only they call it a taut line hitch.
11 11 Wrap a line twice around another fixed line or post. Take a third turn by passing the working end of the first line over its standing end and then around the second line above the first two turns. Pull on the standing part of the first line and the hitch will not slip down the second line. Cleat Hitch Walk down a dock in any marina and you will see many dock lines improperly secured to cleats. A proper cleat hitch is easy to tie, very effective and it can be released under load without worrying about losing a finger in the process. Any time you make off a line on a cleat, on a dock or on deck, this is the knot to use. As you gain experience, you will begin to recognize families of knots that are related. For example, two half hitches and the cleat hitch are really clove hitches: the former is tied on the standing end of a line, while the latter is bent around the horns of a cleat. As you practice tying these seven essential knots, you will immediately recognize the look and shape of the knot when made correctly, and more important, will recognize when you have tied it incorrectly. Take one full turn around the base of the cleat, leading the line so that its standing part runs clear of the cleat. Then take a figure-eight turn around first one horn of the cleat, then the other. On the final turn pass the line under itself and pull it tight.