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How do you tie a cleat hitch?

I noticed in this months issue of Sail magazine they had an article on knots. It featured seven knots i would assume anyone would know if they spent one day at the Marina, but i was intrigued by their cheat hitch. I was taught to tie it as simply a three quarter billet and then a half hitch around the horn. The article showed a full figure eight and then another billet before the the hitch. My girl friend, who worked for years on tall ships on the east coast does it the Sail mag way. We haven't yet had an argument about who's right, but it made me wonder, how do most of you do it?
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

Sounds like I do the same way as the magazine, round the base, a figure-8, a half figure-8 (billet?) and a hitch.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

A hammer being the closest thing I could find to a cleat in my apartment at the time...
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

Round turn first is a good idea, especially if any strain is possibly when making of unmaking the cleat hitch.

And the finish is important. 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.


PS, cheating here---Hammer guy above did it right..
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

This is how we teach it in the CGA:
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS :- I have never used this knot as it is known as a locking turn on the cleat. This can be dangerous when sailing big boats and you have to release the cleat in a hurry (for what ever reason). We just put more turns on the cealt. AS ALWAYS GO SAFE.
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Re: How do you tie a cleat hitch?

The RYA does not use a locking hitch, they go twice around the the base of the cleat.

The standards I teach use a single locking half hitch, parallel to the line underneath.
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