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.
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.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett