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Easy To Grab Rope Tail

If we have a short rope tail, here’s a knot that gives us more to grab than the classic figure-eight stopper knot. The above is the sprit extension line on our J/109.

I have no idea what it’s called or where I learned it. Might be Boy Scouts 60 years ago. Anyway, it’s quick and easy to tie and stays put. Looks kind of salty, too.

Here’s the three step process:

And, yeah, I know our J/109 has terrible gel coat crazing. (Looks worse when I have not cleaned lately.) All the Tillotson Pearson boats do from that time. Bad batch of gel coat.

At least it doesn’t let water into the laminate because the first layers are vinylester.

Maybe one day we will fix it…probably not, doesn’t slow her down any.

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Tim Sowerby

It’s called an “Admiralty Stopper Knot”. (British Admiralty I’m sure).
Better than figure of 8s any day of the week.

Tim Sowerby


That’s what I know it as. It was the preferred knot on Clipper Round The World race for the bitter-end of foresail sheets – always leaving a long tail to bend-on another line in the event of a sheet getting jammed.

Ernest E Vogelsinger

I had thought this would be a slight variation of the Stevedore Stopper Knot (ABOK #456), or similar (but shorter in wraps) to the Heaving Line Knot (ABOK #538)