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  1. I hope that you may be able to help me, please. A few years ago a friend bought a new traditional style sailing boat, rigged accordingly.

    One part of the rig required a piece of rope to be joined to another forming a ‘T’ and had to be non-slip. The handbook for the boat described how to tie the knot and gave its name…both of which I’ve forgotten. Although I’ve been around small boats for over 60 years, I’d never heard of this knot.

    I now have a use for this knot on my own boat…do you know its name?

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    James Coleborn (Exmouth)

    • Hello James

      Many thanks for visiting this site. I do have a copy of the “Toss” Rigging Handbook, so I will have a look through that to see what is listed. If I can not personally find it, I will post your comments on the knotting forum and see what reply I get from that.

      Kind regards,


  2. Hello, I have been looking to make my own tip cap fender and not that the DIY fenders book is not available from main book shops.
    Can you help in directing me to a copy ether printed or electronic.
    Many thanks in advance for your time and information.

    • Hello Stephen, thank you so much for taking the time to contact us. Can you tell me what country you are in, I will then see if I can point you in the right direction? JD

  3. Hi,
    I was wondering which cordage would be best to use on a bell rope and where to find it.
    Thanks and happy Christmas.

    • Can you tell me which country you are in? Just makes it a bit easier as to who to recommend for your country.

        • Hello Michael

          OK if you are Facebook please feel free to join this group UK Rope Cords Tools Supplies Here you will be able to link up with everyone else struggling to get hold of good cordage. Generally if you are looking for quality cordage you would need to contact Mikko Snellman. If you send him an email and tell him what you are trying to do he will send you the correct cordage for the job. He does also do bell rope kits, if you are still learning. You can contact Mikko via the FB page above or here is his site:

  4. Hallo, can the monkey fist jig you are using be puschased or ordered through you,your advice would be appreciated.
    Kind regards T. Carver

  5. Hello fellow knotyer! I am enjoying you channel greatly! I am wondering if you could help on a certain knot idea: ending a harbor gasket with a ring at both ends. The harbor gasket can be found in Ashley’s book of knots and other books, but only show on end done. The knot is like a regular senior, middled around one ring, but ending securely around another is baffling. Please help and keep knotting!

  6. Hello! Having some issues with ending a harbor gasket with another ring : the work is started like any other sennit with odd-number strands which are middled at the first ring. So ya, could please help me figure this puzzle out? Thank you.

    • Do you have a photo of the problem? You can drag and drop a photo here: I also wonder if you are on Facebook, as there are a couple of nautical knotting groups there that may be able to help. I have located it in Ashley’s.

  7. Hello, I’m from the USA.
    I have several 50-foot watering hoses I must occasionally, manually, coil into 2-1/2 foot diameter circles. I have been securing the first end to the next circle of hose, to start off. Then coiling the remainder, then securing the entire hose with a single knot. I’m having trouble identifying which knot to use to secure the entire coiled hose, as each circle moves more or less independently of the others.

    I’m looking for a knot that will stay tight overnight, encountering either dew or rain. I tried a Bowline on a Bite, but that didn’t stay tight. That is described here:

    I will try the Nilsson Knot next, described here:

    Thanks, Kevin

    • I am wondering if maybe if you were to use a Chain Stitch lashing: The one demonstrated in the link is done on a straight line, but is would also work on a coil. It is fast to tie and even faster to untie.

  8. Please can you provide me with a private e mail address as I need to raise a serious matter that arose today that I am sure you will not want to be shared publically

  9. I am still awaiting a response or at least an acknowledgement to the serious matter I raised in my previous email.

  10. Dear John,

    When can I expect to receive a full answer to the serious matter I raised?


  11. Hi Tried to buy the red and green whippingtwine via Ebay
    They do not ship to Switzerland. Do you have the adress of the company so that I could buy direct from then ??

    many thanks in advance


    • Here is their address:

      General Manager
      Sea Dogs, 25 Mereside,
      Osprey Quay
      DT5 1PY
      United Kingdom
      01305 457500

      Hope this helps.

  12. Hi,
    I represent an activity scout camp on the IOW at Easter for approx 250 Scouts. We are looking to start booking activities for next easter (Fri 19th & Sat 20th 2019).
    Are you able to provide short sessions on knot tying as an activity for our camp?

    • Hello Ian

      I have passed on your request and somebody should be in contact with you shortly.

      Kind regards, John

  13. Hi,
    We are a Scout Troop of around 40 youngsters in Portsmouth- just getting into Paracord and Pioneering. Is there any chance of an evenings activity with yourselves to show the Scouts why we respect Mr. Ashley and the fun they can have with a couple of pieces of rope.

    • Many thanks for contacting us. I have passed your message on and someone should be in contact with you very shortly.

      Regards John

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