Yep. Picture One. Even the "Old Boats" can (censored) up
occasionally and I went and deleted the first two pictures
of the series, but no matter.
If you've been paying attention thru some of the other tutorials,
you'll have already figured out that we stropped three lines
securely to the body to be covered and then took the outboard
RIGHT line and led it over all and half-hitched to the left, then took
the middle line, over all, half-hitched LEFT and then the outboard
LEFT line and did the same thing.
Now, once you've tightened everything up you ALWAYS take the
TOP line and half hitch OVER all the OPPOSITE direction.
Repeat this for the middle and "bottom" lines, then do the whole
assembly again to the RIGHT, then to the LEFT, then to....
Oi! DO try to stay awake here, OK?
Here we've just made the second pass and you can see that
the hitching appears to be a bit "open" (read, "sloppy"): that will
take care of itself when you start going the opposite way. The
act of hitching across the set will tighten the set up for you.
All you really need worry about is keeping it straight and keeping
the back faired up and tight. As stated on other tutorials, when the
rail or stanchion is securely mounted you will be able to get much
more pressure on the line and a tighter hitch than I could achieve
holding a piece of PVC between my knees. (Ever get the insides
of your knees callused? It's.... interesting.)
So, after a few passes, it starts to look like this.
You CAN beat the wrappings down a bit more if desired, but you'll
never "seal" them completely, so this one is best used away
from the weather decks and WELL varnished or painted.
As always, if you have questions, would like to make suggestions for
the tutorials or corrections, please EMAIL ME and I'll happily
answer as soon as I can.
Hope you could use the tutorials!
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Three Strand "Running"
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Long a favourite on US Navy ships for interior handrails, the three-strand running coxcomb provides an excellent handgrip
for the steep athwartships ladders on smaller vessels which are prone to intense rolling, such as a Fleet Tug or a
Submarine Rescue vessel. On these smaller ships a good coxcombing job on the handrails wasn't just pretty, it saved lives.
Note that these instructions can also be applied to a two-strand running and four-strand running coxcomb as well.