SECURING FOR SEA
You are required to learn these knots, bends, and
hitches so that you can use them when and where
necessary. Rest assured that a person who goes to sea
will find frequent use for them in securing equipment to
prevent damage from rough waters. How the equipment
is secured depends on the gear and the places of
stowage. By observing the few tips that follow and by
using a little common sense, you should be able to do a
good job of securing your equipment for sea.
Use line strong enough to hold the gear.
Make certain the line is in good condition. Make
fast the belay objects from at least two points
that, preferably, are near the object.
Lash tightly all objects against something solid
(such as the bulkhead).
Make the lashings taut so that the object will not
work with the pitch and roll of the ship.
Frequently check all lashings, and tighten as
Use chafing gears on sharp corners and rough
Never make fast your lashings to electric cables or
small slightly secured pipes, lagged pipes, door
and hatch dogs or hinges, electric motors, lifeline
stanchions, or anything not solidly secured.
Never block access to vents, fireplugs, switches,
valves, doors, or hatches.
Never underestimate the force of the sea! Secure
everything properly the first time and be safe.
REVIEW 3 QUESTIONS
Q1. List the three advantages of using nylon line over
natural fiber line.
Q2. When a natural fiber line will bear on sharp edges
or run over rough surfaces, what action should
you take to protect the line from damage?
Q3. Under what condition should you use a wire
Q4. You are right-handed. When tying a bowline, the
overhand loop should be in what direction?
Q5. You are going to join two separate lines together
using a becket bend. What is the first step you
Becoming an accomplished seaman takes time,
hard work, and patience. At some time in your career,
you could be a member of a detail where handling lines
will be required, or you may work with deck equipment
and lines on a daily basis. Knowing how to use deck
equipment and handle lines safely is essential.
Lines are used in the Navy for many reasonsfrom
mooring aircraft carriers to securing bookshelves at sea.
Without the wide variety of lines available to us, our
way of doing our jobs would be extremely difficult.
Each piece of deck equipment or fitting has been
designed for a specific purpose. A set of bits on a
destroyer is used primarily for mooring, where a set of
bits on a tug is used almost exclusively for towing.
Becoming familiar with deck equipment and its use, and
knowing how to makeup and use lines is not only a sign
of good seamanship but could, in case of emergencies,
make the difference between saving or losing the ship or
Each person in the Navy is first and foremost a
seaman and then a technician in his or her specific rate.
Become proficient in seamanship. It may help you in
your daily duties and most certainly assist you in times