scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Its Knot a bowline on a bight...;)
Mon May 22 2000 - 15:48:18 CDT
Your take on the running bowline being like a "lasso" is entirely correct.
I cannot think of another "type" of use for it either. A bowline on a bight
and a running bowline are similar knots with two different purposes. The
bowline is probably one of the most versatile knots in that you can utilize
it in many different ways. While all of these hybrids use the bowline at
their core, the actual tying of them varies greatly depending on their
particular usage. Actually the bowline's primary use as a life saving knot
(at least when I was a Scout), has been effectively replaced by the re-woven
figure eight. While neither knot slips, the re-woven figure eight does not
reduce the strength of your line nearly as much as the bowline, which has a
very severe bight. Not even your cotton rope would slip with the re-woven
figure eight, and its working strength would be 10%-15% greater than if tied
with the bowline. Yes, I teach the boys that as well. In fact, I feel that
the continuance of the bowline in the Boy Scout manual is more a tradition
of a cool looking knot than it is teaching the boys the "right" knot for the
job. Of course, I feel that the taut-line hitch should be replaced by the
trucker's hitch too, but we won't go there right now.
I used to a Bobwhite... NECS-59
I used to be a Knot-Head... SSD-20
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Central Florida Council, Semoran Springs,
From: David Delman [mailto:Delman01@compuserve.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2000 7:25 PM
Cc: PeteM; Tee
Subject: Running bowline? or bowline ??
<Sat, 20 May 2000 00:25:44 Forshaw <dtlfor@BRIGHT.NET>
<Subject: How do you tie a running bowline?
<Sat, 20 May 2000 05:49:07 PMurray <pjm@WORLDRAMP.NET>
Hi Tee, Pete, and Scouts-Lr and Lrees,
I believe that what you read is the same thing that is called
a bowline on a bight.