August 2010

Mastering marlinespike

Rolling hitch

You can use a rolling hitch to secure one line to another line or a smooth cylinder, such as a post floating in the water. The knot grips an object and will not slip lengthwise along it.

The rolling hitch can be tied one-handed, allowing you to hold the object you’re tying onto with the other hand.

Rolling hitch

Hold the object in your left hand. With the working part of the line running opposite to the direction you will be hauling the object, wrap the bitter end around the object with your right hand.

Rolling hitch

When you come to the working part at the end of the first wrap, cross over the working part, and add a second wrap, again crossing over the working part.

Rolling hitch

Wrap another turn, and when you come to the working part, slip the bitter end under the last wrap.

Rolling hitch

Pull the wraps tight. Then, pull the working part in the opposite direction and over the knot. Now, you can use the rolling hitch to haul or drag the object.

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

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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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