Six Essential Knots for Summer Shenanigans

first_imgKnowing the right knot for any situation is one of the most useful skills a man can have, and with summer just around the corner, we thought it’d be helpful to give you a quick-reference guide to knots that will most likely come in handy during all the crazy recreational activities you’ve undoubtedly got planned. Enjoy!Trucker’s HitchThis knot comes in handy in lots of different situations, but it’s particularly useful for fastening large things (kayaks, rafts, bikes, etc) to the roof of your car. When tied properly, it works a lot like a pulley system and allows you to apply a great deal of tension to the rope before it’s secured.BowlineHonestly, no good knot guide would be complete without a mention of the bowline. It’s sometimes called The King of Knots, and for good reason. It comes in handy in just about every situation. If you need a solid loop that won’t slip –for, say, securing a towrope to the back of a boat for waterskiing– this is the knot you want.Fisherman’s KnotThis knot only really has one use, but there’s no better way to secure a hook to the end of a fishing line. There are other knots that get the job done, but this one is arguably the easiest to remember of the bunch.Cleat HitchNow that boating season will soon be in full swing, chances are pretty good that you’ll encounter a situation where some kind of watercraft needs to be fastened to a dock. The cleat hitch is the fastest and most secure way to do this, and knowing it will make you a much more useful sailing companion.Taut Line HitchThis knot is immensely useful when setting up a tent, shelter, or any line that requires adjustable length and tension. When not under a load, the knot slips along the standing part of the line allowing you to remove the slack, but when placed under a load, it locks in placeSquare KnotMuch the bowline, the square knot is another knot that’s great in numerous different situations. It’s great for tying two pieces of rope together — so long as those ropes will not be subjected to large loads. We’ve found that it’s particularly useful for tying up bundles of firewood for easy transportKnow of any other knots that might come in handy this summer? Tell us about ’em! How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Holland America Reveals Name of Its Largest Ship

first_imgPress Release, September 15, 2014 zoom Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam.“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”“The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard”Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem–Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call.Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdamwas christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company headquartered in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with the company’s European headquarters located nearby.last_img read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 8245 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Monday was 82.45 cents US, up 0.02 of a cent from Friday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2128, down 0.04 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.5988, down 0.26 of a cent, and US$1.3183, down 0.17 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4521, down 0.80 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.