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post #35 of Old 06-20-2013
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I regularly find myself tying, retying, attempting to tie down other boats on the dock when the wind picks up. inevitably, almost invariably, it seems like the boats with the sloppiest, crappiest "good enough"-est cleat ties are the ones at most risk of involuntary departure from the dock. a huge pile of rope that looks like the dung from a cordage-eating dinosaur burying a cleat doesn't overcome the fact that your lies are slack, frayed, in the wrong place and not doing the job.

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