March 2010

Mastering marlinespike

Round turn with two half hitches

Another basic mariner’s knot, the round turn with two half hitches is simple to tie, easy to learn and holds fast in most situations.

Use it to temporarily fasten a line to a spar, ring or bitt, or in the central hole of a hollow-base cleat.

The round turn starting this knot is better than a simple turn because it resists slipping and distributes contact over two turns rather than one, reducing stress and abrasion on the rope.

Round turn with two half hitches step A.

Take two complete turns around a spar or ring.

Round turn with two half hitches step B.

Apply two half hitches on the working part. (First half hitch)

Round turn with two half hitches step C

(Second half hitch)
After tying, slip the knot tightly against the object. For a more permanent application, seize, or bind together, the bitter end against the working part.

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.

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Mastering Marlinespike


Cleat hitch

Round turn with two half hitches

Clove hitch

Sheet bend

Figure eight

Anchor bend

Rolling hitch

Double sheet bend

Eye splice

Becket bend

Reef knot

Blood knot

True lover’s knot

Monkey’s fist

Carrick bend

Angler’s loop

Strangle knot

Jar sling

Japanese success knot

Spanish bowline

Stevedore knot

Heaving line knot

Three-part crown knot

Sack knot

Short splice

Constrictor knot

Slip knot

Japanese bowline

Hawser bend

Slipped bowline

Bowline on a bight

Lark’s head

Buntline hitch

Jury mast knot

Slipped buntline hitch

Painter’s bowline

Binder’s loop

Wall and crown knot

Inside cow hitch

Toggled reef knot

Long splice

Tugboat hitch

Crown sennit

Toggled lark’s head

Matthew Walker knot


Back splice

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