So here’s my secret: When it comes to knots and rope work, I suffer from a mild form of, well, marlinespike dyslexia. When I get a knot, or splice, I’ve got it. But sometimes it takes me more than a few practice repetitions for the light bulb to click on. Even so, over the years I tried about a thousand different ways to coil halyards on mast-mounted winches. And I’d still never been able to come up with the perfect method. Until now.