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Spanish Windlass Knot

When a lever is placed between the parts of a long lashing or frapping and hove round we have what is also called a Spanish windlass.

Spanish Windlass Knot illustration

How to Tie a Spanish Windlass

  1. An iron bar and two marling spikes are taken.
  2. Two parts of a seizing are twisted like a cat’s paw and passed round the bar, and hove round till sufficiently taut.
  3. It heaving shrouds together to form an eye two round turns are taken with a strand and the two ends hove upon.