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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

In our neck of the woods the sea otters seem to think a Flemish coil of line on the dock resembles a toilet seat... so, no, I don't use them :-))

I don't really care how many crosses one uses on the cleat, or if they use a full round turn before crossing, of if they even finish it with a hitch to lock it (larger boats/ships never do). All I want to see is the simple figure eight and if it's finished with a hitch that it lays the correct way. I use a full round turn and then three complete eights with a single hitch at the end. Simple and never jams even when the line is frozen and under severe strain.
Someone else must have taken some pics of particularly interesting attempts to secure the boat to the dock, I'd hate to think I'm the only one anal enough to do it :-)) Let's see them.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

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Boy and I was proud of myself for being able to lasso a dock cleat with a spring line from the deck.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I may be fairly "green" to sailing/boating but at least I know how to tie a correct cleat hitch. This thread makes me feel better about myself.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I am just sayin' here,

It is nice to know and properly execute a knots. But I would not let the lack of knotting skills discourage one to sail.

Like other has said: Can't tie a knot..Tie a lot". We all have to start somewhere. It is not how much you know, it is how fast you can learn all facet in sailing.

I once know an old man who was a knot expert. His boat is full of many fancy knotting and whipping work. But he can't sail. He does not know how the use his motor to come back into his slip. He pushes and pulls by hand with the help of his crews to get back to the slip. I asked him what happens if the wind picks up. He told me that he would drop anchor out side the marina and get back to shore with the dinghy.

Whatever floats his boat. I respect his way of life.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

This thread makes me wish I got a pic of the not-so-level houseboat tied down to the dock with ratcheting tow straps.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

Alexander the Great solved that problem with his sword....

Chop chop..... Knot untied.....
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