Sure, you can use plastic shrink- wrap or melt the ends to keep synthetic lines in check. But for a classier look, how about trying
your hand at whipping? You don’t need
many tools, and there are different ways
to do it, but it’s a useful skill to master.
1. Carefully melt the end of the line
using a lighter to stop it from unraveling.
Then the twine comes into play. Starting
from about a two-rope-diameter length
from the end of the line, make a loop, or
bight, in the whipping twine as shown.
Leave about a 6-inch tail on the twine;
you’ll need this later when you finish off
the whip. Unwind the twine from the
spool as you go; don’t cut it yet.
2. Grasp the line with one hand several inches from the end and place your
thumb on the free end of the whipping
twine so that neither line nor twine is
able to move. With your other hand,
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Well-executed whipping lends a neat
look to docklines.
Whip it good!
Want to show off your rope-work skills while preventing your lines from
becoming unraveled? The common whipping does both