Marlinspike Seamanship

Classroom Location:
Shorewood Yacht Club, 600 West Lake St., Shorewood, MN 55331.

Marlinspike Seamanship

Marlinspike seamanship is the mark of an able seaman to choose, care for, handle, and make work a variety of rope in any way needed.

Mr. Tim Carlson, Seven Seas, has been specializing in marlinspike seamanship for over ten years. He takes great pride in sharing the right way to do things whether it is a simple three strand splice or some of the most useful knots in sailing. We provide you with a great textbook, working line an enthusiastic instructor and more.

Become the “go to” person on your boat when it comes to marlinspike seamanship. You'll learn it in this course along with types of rope, splicing, cleats, winches and purchase.

Whether you want to make a built-in handle at the end of a water bucket, lash oars or other deck gear in place, attach a foot of a sail to a boom, or even extend a towing line, this course will prepare you with the right tools.

Course Outline:

Terms: Rope; Uses on boat.

Types of rope: Materials; Construction; Strength; Care; Sizing; Do's and don’ts.

Splicing: Whipping; 3 strand; Braid on braid; Single / hollow braid; Wire to rope; Taper; End to end.

Knots: Bowline; Figure 8; Half hitch; Luggage Tag; Clove hitch; Anchor bend; Square; Stopper; Truckers hitch.

Cleats: Horn; Post; Cam; V; Clam.

Winches and Purchase

Course Fee: $149 includes course materials: Book - The Splicing Handbook: Techniques for Modern and Traditional Ropes, Second Edition by Barbara Merry , 1/4" fid, rope samples.


Winter 2013 (Dates are subject to change)
3-hour evening sessions 6-9 PM (or as close as possible)

M1: Wednesdays 2/20, 2/27, and 3/6

Directions: From I-494 and Hwy 7

• Go west on Hwy 7 to County Road 19.
• Turn Right on County Road 19 (Oak Street).
• Pass through one stoplight.
• Keep going on Route 19, as it curves to the left, SYC is on the right (the sign is a small blue sailboat).
• Turn right and drive over the pedestrian trail, following the drive left. The Yacht Club (gray building) is directly ahead.
• Park on the far (west) side of the clubhouse.

Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
3949 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55427
Call For Free Brochure (763) 542-9707

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