VIDEO: Making Rope the Old-Fashioned Way

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Before there were high-tech fibers such as Kevlar and Vectran, shipbuilders relied on an all-natural solution for making ropes: hemp. Durable and rot-resistant, the material was often lightly tarred for further rot protection before dozens of individual strands were wound together to form a single length of rope.

This video shows shipwrights using a 100-year-old machine to make lengths of four-strand hemp rope. Once the material is placed on a ship or boat and given a purpose, it is referred to as line.



Practice Makes Perfect

A deep low-pressure system off the West Coast this week delivered the perfect gnarly waves for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco, California, to train crews aboard its 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.

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Chainsaws And Chisels

Built in 1910, Tally Ho is an Albert Strange-designed, gaff-rigged cutter being rebuilt in Sequim, Washington, by Leo Goolden, who recently acquired two massive purple heart timbers to replace Tally Ho’s tired old tea keel. This video shows Goolden using chainsaws, chisels and reciprocal saws to scarf the two long timbers together.