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Re: Knot failures
There are a lot of ways for a cleat hitch to fail. One thing we are taught early on is that it is sacrilege to tile a cleat hitch that is anything other than one wrap, one cross, and the hitch. This works great for most situations, but there are several where it will certainly fail. One is where the cleat is very large and the line very small. Another is where you have a smallish line on a cleat that is not a horn cleat. Both of these situations require more wraps before the hitch.
The key is to understand the dynamic of the knot: the hitch has to cause friction on the wrap. If one wrap is insufficient to provide friction, more wraps are required to provide enough friction.
There will always be the well meaning telling you that multiple wraps are un-seamanlike. Those who understand the mechanic of the know know better.
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Last edited by RainDog; 05-20-2015 at 11:57 AM.