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  • Pierce Nichols
    ... It depends on the knot, and how it s tied. Sleeving obviously helps enormously. As for the knot, a figure-8 on a bight (loop) is supposedly the strongest
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 3, 1998
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      On Wed, 2 Dec 1998, Michel Montmigny wrote:

      > Few years ago,
      >
      > Professionnals from paragliders makers was talking about 60% weaker on
      > the knot...?

      It depends on the knot, and how it's tied. Sleeving obviously
      helps enormously. As for the knot, a figure-8 on a bight (loop) is
      supposedly the strongest possible non-spliced loop. Since the standard
      knot for that purpose in kiting appears to be an overhand on a bight,
      we're pretty close as is.

      -p

      "There are four boxes that are used in the defense of liberty.
      Soap, Ballot, Jury, and Ammo. Use in that order."

      -Anon

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    • Dave Culp
      ... Don t kid yourself, however. Strongest possible only means you lose 40% of strength, as opposed to 60%, or more. Knotted lines are a waste of money,
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 3, 1998
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        > It depends on the knot, and how it's tied. Sleeving obviously
        > helps enormously. As for the knot, a figure-8 on a bight (loop) is
        > supposedly the strongest possible non-spliced loop. Since the standard
        > knot for that purpose in kiting appears to be an overhand on a bight,
        > we're pretty close as is.
        >
        Don't kid yourself, however. "Strongest possible" only means you lose
        40% of strength, as opposed to 60%, or more. Knotted lines are a waste
        of money, weight and wind resistance. In a race, a flier using lighter,
        spliced lines will *always* beat a heavier lined, knotted flyer,
        especially to windward. Believe it.

        Dave Culp
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