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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

This is precisely why I just 5200 my ropes to the dock. Much cleaner solution.


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This is precisely why I just 5200 my ropes to the dock. Much cleaner solution.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I do a lot of tows. We start out with a decent tow line at the beginning of fishing season and it gets shorter and shorter as the season progresses. The fricken fishermen tie a knot at their end that they can't untie at the dock and they cut it with their vicky. Is a bowline that hard to tie?
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I regularly find myself tying, retying, attempting to tie down other boats on the dock when the wind picks up. inevitably, almost invariably, it seems like the boats with the sloppiest, crappiest "good enough"-est cleat ties are the ones at most risk of involuntary departure from the dock. a huge pile of rope that looks like the dung from a cordage-eating dinosaur burying a cleat doesn't overcome the fact that your lies are slack, frayed, in the wrong place and not doing the job.

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I find this thread soooooooooo validating . I am forever giving this sermon , " If the know isn't right....it's completely wrong & it takes the same amount of time to tie a good knot as it does a bad knot . When I go to untie a boat , I want to untie the boat , not start a new hobby .
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The green one is the MEGAKNOT- surprised you all didn't know that
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I love to see the old clove hitch around the horn, secured by the quadruple half hitch. That's old school.


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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

What gets me is the power boats that tie "springs" from the midship cleat straight down to the nearest cleat on the dock, so whenever waves come through the boat jerks straight up on the cleat! I don't know how many times I see that!

I guess it's not ALL bad though; it is thanks to one of these idiots (and his insurance company) that I have a shiny new Awlgrip paint job! This particular lubber figured that midship tie-down was good enough and didn't even bother with a stern line! When a storm came through one night, his boat ripped that cleat right out of the dock, pivoted around the finger on his bow line, and spent the night grinding the propeller of his raised Merc 150 on my hull! Then he had the nerve to try to blame the club because the cleat ripped out!

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