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Thread: Half hitching & cockscombing: what cordage is recommended?

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    Default Half hitching & cockscombing: what cordage is recommended?

    I've just completed building a hard top over my cockpit and used galvanized steel pipe for the stanchions and handrails. I plan on doing some half hitching and cockscombing and am seeking guidance on what cordage to select. She's an old fishing boat and definitely not "yacht finish;" I love her honest work boat look and can envision painting the fancywork the way you see on old naval ships, ferries, etc.

    For sizing purposes, the stanchions are 1" pipe while the handrails are 3/4". Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Half hitching & cockscombing: what cordage is recommended?

    Cotton cordage will take the paint well.
    I suppose how thick will depend on how long do you want to take to cover the distance.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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