May 2011

Mastering marlinespike

Angler’s loop

Also called the perfection knot, the angler’s loop forms a strong, nonslip, fixed loop at any position along most types of line, including bungee and shock cord.

Easy to tie, easy to remember and suitable for any size line, this knot is used primarily as a fixed loop over a spar or cleat. It can also be used with other knots or lines such as cinching lines.

Angler's loop ABC

A. Form a small underhand loop with the rounded end up and a large overhand loop with the rounded end down. Starting in front of the small loop leg crossing, place a turn around the small loop.

B. Twist the large lower loop.

C. & D. Lift the bottom of the large lower loop through the small top loop from the front, and shape the knot.

E. & F. Tighten, and add a half hitch for additional security.

Angler's loop DEF

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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