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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

What's a billet?
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

Always used as the animated one displays... but also like others say, for cleats used where one might need to release quickly (like I dunno, jib sheets), you don't use a locking turn.

But my boat is just a baby, and I have clam cleats for my jib sheets, however on our US 27 we had horns, and these are the ones I'd shudder to use a locking turn. For dock cleats, no problem lock em up.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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... You have a 50% chance of doing the final tucked-under half hitch right--or "granny" wrong. Try it either way and you'll know which is right without anyone telling you..
FWIW, we call the wrong way hitch as "ski googles'. Take a look and you'll realize why...
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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FWIW, we call the wrong way hitch as "ski googles'. Take a look and you'll realize why...
I have not heard that one before. Thanks
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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This is how we teach it in the CGA:

Yes, this is the way I learned it and have instructed it to students as well. I guess what I'm saying is, the Sail Mag hitch seems like overkill... I suppose on the dock it doesn't much matter, but for those of us without self tailing winches, I'd stick with one above.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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What's a billet?
billet is turn around the base of the cleat. three quarter billet is three quarters of a full turn around the cleat.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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I suppose on the dock it doesn't much matter]
On a dock I like the minimum needed as we often a cleat for both breast and spring lines. On the boat the mid ship cleat is often used for both forward and aft spring lines.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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Yes, this is the way I learned it and have instructed it to students as well. I guess what I'm saying is, the Sail Mag hitch seems like overkill... I suppose on the dock it doesn't much matter, but for those of us without self tailing winches, I'd stick with one above.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

What do they call it??? TWO rivers and a bridge?

For my docklines (which are the only lines cleated off on my boat) I insist the first turn be led towards amidships on the side of the cleat closest to the toe rail, turned from the toerail in, then led towards the midships of the boat, turn around the horn, Cross over the cleat, around the aft or fwd most horn, and finished w/ a locking turn at the other end that leaves the bitter end on the INSIDE of the cleat. This way it's easier to flip the line to "lock it" and EVERY cleat can be untied (and retied) in the dark.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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billet is turn around the base of the cleat. three quarter billet is three quarters of a full turn around the cleat.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this is when the line is led to a cleat that is angled. If correctly led, the line will go to the farthest horn which is at an (approx) 30* angle, then around the closest horn and immediately crossed over the cleat.
Is that what you mean?
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