Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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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.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse