Cheap Handles from Pam on 18 Oct '19

Beautiful rope wrapping job! Most of us would probably have tossed those handles, but you dealt with it. I hope they hold up for you for a long time. Are you expecting the big storm in the Gulf to give you any problems? Take care, Janice. Enjoy the fall weather.

Cheap Metal from Captain Mick on 18 Oct '19

Everyone, I MEAN EVERYONE, gets seduced by something that is too good to be true. It happens to all of us. When this happens we often get frustrated and angry...angry at ourselves because we know better. But you turned Lemons into Lemonade! Great job, and a lesson for us all. Thank you for this article. Keep up the good work. You seem to be on a roll again, writing your articles more often. You are needed and appreciated.

Rope work from Coen on 18 Oct '19

A nice fix for your bad handles, and ropework makes things look salty.

I did want to toss them. from Janice aboard Seaweed on 20 Oct '19

The thing is Pam, because I had spent perfectly good money on this pair I was more upset with myself. I "knew better" but thought "well, maybe this time will be different" ...

As long as those handles sat on my counter they were a reminder of foolishness. So I HAD to do something with 'em. Getting that spool of line is what fostered the idea to make them better. That and a fellow came aboard my boat. He reached for a handle and said I needed one near the outbound aft corner of my cockpit.

No, these handles won't suffice for that purpose. They WILL get grimy from the oils from my skin. So I'll have to pick up another handle (solid stainless, or better yet, brass) for the cockpit. Plus a backing plate of some sort. The cabin is thin/no inner liner/ back there.

Anyway, thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate that. J.

Thank you Captain Mike. from Janice aboard Seaweed on 20 Oct '19

It always amazes me when things don't turn out as I imagine. The handles will at least be used -- probably on the boat that gave me the 1/8" braid. That's a tangible way to say thank you.

Thank you too for your kind words. I am having fun writing again. It's great to hear from readers too. That is motivating. Very very motivating! (in case you wondered)

Anyway, thank you Captain for your comment I appreciate that. J.

Cap'n Coen. from Janice aboard Seaweed on 21 Oct '19

You're correct Cap'n Coen. I do admire those who do marlinspike work. I do have the Marlinspike book. One of these days I'll get it out again. I've got a project and need to see how to do it with that book.

Eons ago I could splice ends (did it for $$$ as a child) but now, not so much. I've only got two three strands on the boat anyway. One's my snubber and the other is my Stop anchor. That one I've got to splice around the stainless thimble. (Replacing it -- when checking my Stop Anchor I realized the old thimble combination had rusted. The line was damaged -- haven't used the anchor for many years.)

That's on my To-Do list. But first, sleep. Thank you Cap'n for your kind comment. I appreciate that. J.

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