1) Soak your t-top nylon reaving line in hot (almost boiling) laundry detergent/ fabric softener water for about an hour before you start. This will relax the fabric of the line. Once the line dries, it will tighten itself and you should have no extra tightening to do. This thing is tought af.
2) Do like I did in the fancy work thread concerning extra line. Wrap both ends around a 6" dowel and tie it off with rubber bands, to keep it from unspooling. That will save you a massive amount of time and rope burn on your hands.
I just laced my top in under 30 min and not one loose hitch.
Awesome. I was a navy guy way back in the day. Well, I'm only 50 so not that long ago. When we were in various places around the world we would dive and catch things like lobster or catch fish. The chiefs mess always cooked them for us. They were pretty cool.
Same in the CG. We would catch Yellowfins and Albacore and if you were E4 and above, the E7's would dress the meat. Although in Hawaii, dressing a fish was sashimi and a Wasabi Shoyu mix on the boat. Sofaking good.
To revisit this a little, just as a point of interest, that coastie grandson of mine volunteered to go to Bahrain. Did quite a bit of tactical training at Camp LeJeune, NC earlier in the year in preparation. He's there on a one year tour in the Persian Gulf area now. Security and escort duties in support of the USN. He's aboard the USCGC Baranof.