Originally Posted by SchockT
That looks like someone daisy-chained the tail and then just wrapped it around the cleat. It looks really bad, but probably comes off quite easily. Once you take the terminating half-hitch off the daisy chain it all pulls out.
Not that I am defending the guy, I'm just sayin'!
Yea, but the bitter end of the monkey braid looks like it's heading toward the water and, if you trace it back to where it starts, try to visualize what just the cleat looked like before that skipper said "you know, a nice monkey braid would really finish this off well"
I've looked quite a bit for a cleat hitch of any origin under that mess. I think the monkey braid might have been tied and wrapped to intentionally throw the knot police off their trail.