Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Lots of good suggestions above.
A proper Cleat Hitch is the sign of significant intelligence and virility. Throw a Flemish Coil on the bitter end and you are practically qualified as royalty.
Walk down the dock and see how many Cleat Hitches are done with reckless nonsensical abandon. Yes, I judge.
Maybe it looks snappy to you but it is neither good for the line nor the deck. Much better to properly coil the end. From the excellent Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care,
"Pros and Cons: One of the major disadvantages is that pulling the rope out from the center introduces twists in the rope. The Flemish Flake may be appropriate on a boat's deck where there should be little dirt. It is also used for dock lines when a boat is docked for a short stay, e.g., overnight. For longer periods it is a deplorable way of treating rope: it gets trodden on, it collects dirt, and it stains the dock or deck with a spiral coil pattern of dirt."