Tiedown for DA40

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chili4way
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Re: Tiedown for DA40

Post by chili4way »

With a hat tip to Boatguy, I made an Amsteel soft shackle for my DA40NG tail (see photo). Russ also pointed me to this website of how-to information (along with directions about how to tie just about any knot): https://www.animatedknots.com/ It includes Sandy's favorite, taut-hitch (aka midshipman's hitch), and the one I use Blake's hitch.

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Re: Tiedown for DA40

Post by Sandy »

@chili4way,

Thank you for that reference. I see that that site promotes a somewhat different version called the Midshipman's hitch, https://www.animatedknots.com/midshipmans-hitch-knot

The idea is the same, but the second loop is located inside the first one to obtain the same result under load. They each allow you to tie the hitch and to then slide it down to tighten the tie down. Either one is far, far superior to the hodgepodge of "knots" that I see at every airport, with loose lines that invite problems in a strong wind.

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Re: Tiedown for DA40

Post by Boatguy »

If you're not as ambitious as Paul and don't want to make your own soft shackle, you can buy a climber's sling and luggage tag it through the tail. Less than $10, crazy strong, very light, no metal to bang around.

https://www.rei.com/search?q=slings
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