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Aaron Norlund

Ralph and Steve,

That photo is the right idea. However, it is a relatively poor example of a seizing. The 1" gap between the upper and lower seizing is from that ratline slipping down the shroud, and now there is a lone strand of seine exposed to chafe. If it goes, so does the rest of the seizing. This is because it does not incorporate sacrificial frapping turns on top of the load turns, with isolating hitches to prevent the whole

Harvey Garret Smith's "The Arts of the Sailor" is a very good, concise collection of valuable twine and line arts, including all sorts of seizings, lashings, parcelings, and splices, knotts, and other stuff. I highly suggest you get it!

The Arts of the Sailor

I had the pleasure of working aboard a few tallships and have probably done a few hundred seizings, all in Harvey Smith's fashion. Good skills!

Aaron N.

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