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Re: Essential knots?
*** Of course the cleat, and although technically this is a knot, in my mind it is just wrapping......
If you do a cleat hitch correctly (two rivers and a bridge), it not only looks professional, but it is extremely secure with just two turns. It may be that doing in correctly is more essential than anything else. I can't stand seeing the amateur versions that do the hitches upside down, which can pull free, and go back and forth over the horns a half dozen times to make up for it.
The beauty of a proper cleat hitch is the cleat can probably still be used to tie another on top of it. Very helpful at dinghy and other crowded docks.
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