Line Considerations and the Benchmade Barrage

Benchmade Barrage Knife

benchmark barrageWhen manning a vessel, there are a lot of items to keep track of and maintain in order to have a consistently high level of safety while working on the boat. Unlike the sailors which used to work for the British navy, it is expected that modern sailors will have some skills in regard to swimming. Even so, it is important to keep equipment well maintained because even the best swimmers struggle when caught in strong currents.

Due to this, it is not easy to return to the vessel in the case where a person has fallen overboard. Generally, sailors are well experienced at keeping their footing on a moving vessel. However, when objects come loose or heavy waves are crashing over the surface of the deck, these kinds of obstacles can hinder the movements of even an experienced sailor and cause them to fall overboard. At sea, these types of circumstances can arise quickly and sometimes unexpectedly.

One of the best safeguards sailors have under these circumstances is to tie themselves down to the boat and hope all the rigging on board holds fast. Ropes or lines on a boat are one of the crucial pieces of equipment which needs to be maintained and monitored for safety and quality regularly. There are three main types of line, natural fibers, synthetic fibers, and wire. Natural fiber ropes are best suited for running rigging and controlling the sails.

It can also be used for mooring and anchor lines. It’s flexibility makes it ideal for these situations, yet it cannot be stored wet or else it mold. Rather, it offers a strength and flexibility that comes as it shrinks when wet. In contrast to this, synthetic line is perfectly suited for towing lines. It’s the strongest rope for its size and can stretch up to 40% of its length. In addition, it can be stored wet without worry of mold or mildew. Polyester and polypropylene lines are common options in this category of materials. The first tends to chafe, but is great for rigging.

The second has a hard texture that can cut skin, but it is often preferred because it floats on the surface of the water. However, polypropylene deteriorates in sunlight and must be carefully stored. Wire lines are usually only used for permanent rigging due to its extreme strength. It doesn’t stretch and must be checked for corrosion and kinks, but is sturdy in nature. With the plethora of ropes used on board a ship, it only makes sense to assume there would be numerous knives such as the Benchmade Barrage as well.

In the midst of a storm, it can be necessary to lash yourself to the halyard or mast of a ship in order to avoid being swept overboard. Sometimes, in order to do this, a Benchmade Barrage must be used to cut sufficient line to tie oneself to safety. Even in ideal conditions, having a Benchmade Barrage on hand is convenient since adjustment of the stowing and coiling lines are used frequently and may have to be addressed. Due to its nature, it is only natural to have a knife like the Benchmade Barrage on hand when surrounded by so many different types of rope.

At any time, a need may arise where its use is warranted for either emergency situations or routine duties. Similarly, knowing how to stow and coil lines is as important as being able to handle the lines in any situation that arises. Most commonly, the lines are laid in clockwise circles on the deck which can either remain on the surface of the ship or be tied with straps and hung up on a wall. Another option to the common circle coil is to ‘flake’ the line by placing it in the shape of a figure eight.

One of the biggest considerations when deciding the manner in which to stow and coil line is how soon it will be needed and for what. It is essential to make sure line is kept out of the way of people moving about the ship, yet still ready for use at any time.

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