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September 2011

Mastering marlinespike

Spanish bowline

Frequently featured on demonstration boats for its beauty and complexity, this bowline variant is used in water rescues and to hoist objects in a horizontal position.

The two loops formed by this knot are connected, but a greater load on one loop may cause it to enlarge and the other loop to shrink. This could be useful, however, if two different-size loops are needed.

Spanish bowline A

A. Create three initial loops, making the central loop much larger than the other two.

B. Fold the central loop over the side loops. Simultaneously pull the lateral edges of the large loop through the two small loops.

Spanish bowline BCD

C. Hold these two loops and pull the working parts of the rope to form the knot.

D. The final knot after tightening.

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

Yellow and black challenger vest is perfect for cooler weather.

Mastering Marlinespike

Bowline

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

Cockscombing

Back splice

 

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