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P Marlinespike Seamanship P - Paracord Bracelets and other Paracord Projects

Saturday, Mar 23, 2024 (1:15 pm - 4:15 pm)

Leader: Charles Kenyon

Event Information


Prerequisites: Marlinespike A rating (but write to instructor for admission without this rating). Open to Hoofer Sailing Club Members.

If you want to sign up for this but are unable for any reason to sign up for this particular lesson, add your name to the sign-up. Interest Sign-Up Page

Location: This is currently scheduled to be in the Park View Room on the 4th floor of the Union across from Great Hall. -- Check the Today in the Union website or the digital signs in Memorial Union on the day of the lesson. It will show up as Marlinspike. If looking on the website, you may have to search for "Marlinspike" because the page can have too many items. If you need help with the web page, I prepared a guide: How to Search for Events on the Today in the Union Web Page

This lesson is about using and splicing UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethelene) lines including work with Soft Shackles. Samson Ropes defines Amsteel® as a “high-modulus polyethylene” rope. The high-modulus part means that Amsteel® has “low elasticity elongation,” or in other words, it doesn’t stretch much. However, this also means that this type of rope doesn’t like to be shock-loaded, so ease into the hammock! Safe working loads do not apply to shock loading.

This is an exploratory lesson - we are in the process of setting this up. We will look at a couple of different kinds of Paracord, making bracelets with and without buckles and other paracord projects.

Sailors have a history of practical and decorative rope work and Paracord projects fit right in with that history.

When you sign up, you can leave comments. Let us know what kinds of projects would interest you.

Here are a few Paracord links to give you some ideas.

10-Second Soft Shackles

Interesting but nowhere near as strong – much easier to make, though

Cobra and King Cobra Bracelet

Mad Max Paracord Cobra Stitch Bracelet

Trilobite Jawbone Bracelet

Use This Paracord Wrap on Hiking Staves and Canoe Paddle

Here is a more complete list of links. If you see a project you would like to work on, please let me know in advance of the lesson and I will try to work it in.

We will start with a basic paracord soft shackle that can substitute for a carabiner and progress to bracelets and possibly other paracord projects. These can be fun and useful. We will cover in knots the Carrick Bend, the Ashley Stopper Knot, and the Diamond Knot, among others.

There is currently no Sailing Club rating for this.

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Event Type
Educational Event (passive learning, no rating)
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
If this event is cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, participants will be notified via the email associated with their membership account. If the event needs to be cancelled within 24 hours of the event start time, the instructor will call each participant individually via the phone number associated with their membership account.
Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
This event will occur on land. Participants are welcome to attend in their regular attire, no need for sailing clothes.

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