Re: [ksurf] tieing lines
- I wasn't talking about joining lines, just attaching to the leaders
or pigtails. Personally I sew my lines and leaders and stuff and
avoid knots like the plague. (Ugly cheapshit things that they are.)
However, if people are going to tie knots into Q-power then why not
just a lark's head and a stop knot? Then there would be no knot on
the load bearing side of the flying line at all, only the lark's
head. Am I missing something?
--- In kitesurf@y..., "Suntrax" <Suntrax@i...> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: gregwalshau <Greg.Walsh@b...>
> > Just a thought. Why do we need loops on the end of lines? Why not
> > just a lark's head with a knot to stop the end slipping through?
> Because when joining lines, any knot, including a fishermans, will
> fouling in the lines and a resultant loss of kite control, if the
> twisted at the knot area after a relaunch or spin. Especialy if all
> are joined in this way
> Safest and neatest is on page 3 at
> http://www.naishkites.com/pdf/aerouserguide.pdf. Even this could
> foul, but the chances are reduced.
> Best Regards
> Brian Wilson
> Tel/fax 027 21 5560044
> cell; 0824656696
- --- In kitesurf@y..., "gregwalshau" <Greg.Walsh@b...> wrote:
> Just a thought. Why do we need loops on the end of lines? Why notGreg
> just a lark's head with a knot to stop the end slipping through?
This would work but..
A knot can reduce the strength of a line by up to 50%. The worst
knots have sharp bends in the line which weakens it. (When a line is
curved, all the load is carried on the outer part of the curve and
none on the inner.)
A larks head like you describe would have a very sharp bend right
where the line enters.. very bad.
Q powerline is normally tied with an overhand knot over a double
line which has more gradual bends so it is stronger. Then after this
knot two lines go to a larkshead and the load on the larks head is
shared by both so it is twice as strong.
Hope this makes sense.