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jhomeist posted 06-08-2015 08:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for jhomeist   Send Email to jhomeist  
I'm fixing up my Dad's 1970 Sakonnet rig. It sits on the original Gator tilt trailer with a rope winch. I'm replacing the line on the winch instead of updating to new winch with strap. What knot/hitch is best to tie the line to the fixed eye safety hook that hooks to the boat bow eye? Bowline and halyard knot were my first thought, but that isn't what is there currently. I don't recognized and can't identify the current knot, and when I replicate it, it doesn't seem to pull up tight nicely (although it has worked for 45 years).
porthole2 posted 06-08-2015 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
The "anchor hitch" will work great for that. And once cinched up tight, will be rigid on the hook.
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jhomeist posted 06-08-2015 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jhomeist  Send Email to jhomeist     
I haven't checked to know if the hook eye will accept two loops of line, but if so the 'anchor hitch' looks good. I like that it pulls up tight, like the original knot, and unlike the bowline.
Hoosier posted 06-08-2015 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
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contender posted 06-08-2015 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
I would take the strap to a canvas maker/ sail maker and have the end sewed to a loop. This way it can be doubled over for more strenght and a cleaner look. However, I would ditch the strap and use galvanize cable with a swagger connection on the hook
Buckda posted 06-10-2015 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
He stated he's sticking with the rope on the winch instead of switching to strap or cable.

For what it's worth, I'd avoid cable in this application at all costs. Steel splinters are not pleasant. At all.

Straps are the best solution for most trailered boats, but a rope work's just fine for a rig the size of a Sakonnet.

I agree that the anchor bend knot is the all around best solution if it will work with your hardware.

jimh posted 06-10-2015 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
DAVE--I agree with you. Wire rope cable on a boat trailer winch is a bad idea.
jimh posted 06-12-2015 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If the new rope for the winch is a three-strand rope, perhaps making an eye splice in the rope around the eye-hook would be better than using a hitch knot. Making an eye splice in three-strand rope is not particularly difficult. The eye splice will be stronger than a knot, in most cases, and will be less bulky.
jhomeist posted 06-12-2015 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jhomeist  Send Email to jhomeist     
Thanks for all the replies. I agree this rig doesn't require cable, and that an eye splice is probably the best way to go. However, I already bought a polyester double braid line to use because it has less stretch than a three strand.

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