November 2011

Mastering marlinespike

Heaving line knot

Occasionally, you might need to weight the end of a line to throw it farther than you could unweighted. The heaving line knot can be prepared rapidly in the end of any small line, but it can be tricky to tie. Don’t wait for an emergency to try it for the first time.

Heaving line knot

A. Form two bights approximately 6 feet from the end.

B. & C. Pass the bitter end through the first bight, behind the first bight and through the second bight, and then wrap it around the legs of both bights for about 10 turns until the leftover line end is very near the loop of the second bight.

D. Pass the bitter end through the second bight, and draw the entire knot tight by pulling on the bitter end and the working part until a heavy, bulky end is formed.

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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