December 2012

Mastering marlinespike

Painter’s bowline

Boat painters use this handy bowline variation to support paint cans by quickly forming a loop in the middle of a line. Sailors use it to secure light tackle being carried aloft, because it can be rapidly tied and easily untied.

Slipped buntline hitch AB

A. Form an overhand loop in a secured line. Grasp a bight of line 2 feet below the loop and above the bitter end. Go through the paint can handle with the bight, leaving the handle in the lower loop. Take the bight up and behind the upper part of the secured line, down through the original overhand loop and out past the lower formed loop holding the paint can bail.

B. Make sure the bight (X) extends far enough through the overhand loop to prevent slipping.

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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