A secure and reliable knot, the cleat hitch can be untied under load and is used to secure a line to a cleat.
If the cleat’s surface is rough or sharp edged, you may only need a 540-degree round turn before adding the top weave. However, on most smooth, polished cleats with round bases, you must secure the line by wrapping it three full times around the base.
For the final weave, bring the bitter end out from under one cleat horn, diagonally across the top of the cleat, under the other cleat horn, and diagonally across the first diagonal line.
Continue under and around the starting horn, and bring the line parallel to the first diagonal and under the second diagonal.
Continue building your marlinespike skills by taking the Knots, Bends and Hitches seminar. Find a seminar near you or purchase the USPS guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners. Call 888-367-8777 ext. 0 for more information.
Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett