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Whipping not Dipping

This dock line came with our new-to us J/109. Not only does it have a loop spliced in one end, which I recommend against (#2), someone first whipped it and then dipped it in some goop for reasons I can’t fathom. There is no better way to prevent a line end unraveling than a sailmaker’s whipping (#6)—lose the goop.

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Gino Del Guercio

The goop helps the whip last longer. I usually don’t bother, but the ones I’ve used it on are going strong many years later and I don’t see any harm in it. Belt and suspenders.