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Attached Rope CoilingStart from where the rope is attached to the cleat. Leave enough slack to form the final loop. Make the coil with alternate turns over and under the rope. Pull a twisted loop of the slack through the coil. Hang the loop on the cleat.
Coiling Attached Rope Details
Uses: An attached rope, e.g., a halyard, can be hung from the cleat or belaying pin (ABOK # 3088, p 513) using a twisted bight. The bight supporting the coil can be unhooked very quickly to allow the coil to be rapidly released: when the coil is laid on the deck the rope should run freely without kinks or tangles.
Never Wrap the Coil with the Tail End: Tension on the halyard can tighten the turns in the coil around the bight and can make releasing the bight almost impossible.
Variations: The animation demonstrates a round coil being made where the tail is secured to the foot of the mast. The coil is started from the cleat. Alternating turns are laid over (Frame 3) and under (Frame 4) to avoid twists. There are several options.
Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.