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How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

OK, I admit it. I check how other people tie their lines on the cleats as I walk the docks. I can't help it. Until now I've just vaguely wondered why it seems so difficult for so many to tie such a simple hitch, but a few examples I've seen lately have pushed me over the edge to where I can no longer remain silent. How in the hell can it be so friggin' difficult to just make a round turn and some figure eights with a hitch at the end? Do people work at trying to make the most complicated knot ever created every time they tie their boat to the dock? Is there a secret competition for "most ridiculous imitation of a simple cleat hitch" that I'm unaware of? Am I just getting old and easily irritated (don't answer that, it will only pi** me off). Anyway, here are some examples of what I'm talking about. Feel free to add any that you see that might be worthy of a blue ribbon.





this one gets extra credit for incorporating hanging a fender with the same mooring line that is on the cleat. Note the end on the cleat on the dock (no, this is not a permanent mooring line, it was a transient boat in the marina for one night).

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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

Always said some of the best times in boating is sitting at the dock
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I've always wanted post the same thing...drives me nuts! Great examples in those pictures, I would wager a bet that more often than not those are power boaters but unfortunately you see a good amount of sailboats as well...arg

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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

The cleat hitch is such a cool knot, too - quick to do and you can both tie and release with a loaded line.
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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

Normally when I see thread on cleat hitches I roll my eyes and thing "nothing more interesting to post?"

But wow. I'm not even sure how to create those tangles. They took work.

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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

Great laugh from those pics! I've never taken a pic, but think I need to start. I hope this thread runs for hundreds of posts.

I completely agree. A proper cleat hitch is an acid test. Two rivers and a bridge.......

It really kills me when marina staff themselves can't do it correctly.
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Can anyone post a picture of a recreational powerboat with spring lines?

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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I can't talk here...two days ago I came back to my mooring to see my inflatable on the beach. I wasn't paying attention when I lashed it to my float line.

Good thing my son was around, he came over and brought the hard dinghy out to rescue us....
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How do you finish your cleat hitch when tying off at the dock? A billet (sp) and then a Flemish Flake?

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Re: How NOT to tie a cleat hitch

I always use the saying "Can't tie a knot..Tie a lot" LOL
I see it all the time. But the real problem is this can become dangerous as it can be hard or impossible to untie a mess like those in an emergency.
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