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Tying off anchor line to boat
Jan 10th, 2019 at 7:33pm
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Hi, What sort of knot do you use to secure the anchor rope to the "t"shaped cleat at the bow of the boat? Not sure if I should be tying a loop (bowline?) or some type of wrap around hitch.
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Re: Tying off anchor line to boat
Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 9:43pm
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Think of the cleat as a T. Take two turns around the stem of the T, going on top of the outboard portion of the warp each time. Then take a turn around that outboard portion (from on top of the warp, under it and back on top). Finish with a single figure 8 around the top bar of the T.  Never jams, absolutely secure, and can be released quickly. Takes a bloody sight longer to describe than to do.
  
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Re: Tying off anchor line to boat
Reply #2 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 9:54pm
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Also harder to describe than to do. Second Try!

Think of the cleat as a T. Take two turns around the stem of the T, going on top of the outboard portion of the warp each time. Then take a doubled portion of the warp (called a "bight"), and take a turn with it around that outboard portion (from on top of the warp, under it and back on top). Now you have a loop of warp wrapped around the outboard portion connected to the anchor and you can either drop that loop straight over both arms of the top of the T so that everything is wrapped around the stem, or finish with a single figure 8 around the top bar of the T.
  
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Re: Tying off anchor line to boat
Reply #3 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 11:43pm
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Thanks for the explanation!! I think I have that, better give it a try in driveway tonight. Cheers

davflaws wrote on Jan 10th, 2019 at 9:54pm:
Also harder to describe than to do. Second Try!

Think of the cleat as a T. Take two turns around the stem of the T, going on top of the outboard portion of the warp each time. Then take a doubled portion of the warp (called a "bight"), and take a turn with it around that outboard portion (from on top of the warp, under it and back on top). Now you have a loop of warp wrapped around the outboard portion connected to the anchor and you can either drop that loop straight over both arms of the top of the T so that everything is wrapped around the stem, or finish with a single figure 8 around the top bar of the T.

  
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