July 2012

Mastering marlinespike

Bowline on a bight

An ancient bowline variation still used in water rescue work, the bowline on a bight easily forms large loops in any part of the rope without regard to the rope ends. This is especially important when dealing with an exceptionally long or heavy rope. Because the loops can slide, tension must be applied nearly equally to both resulting loops.

Bowline on a bight

A. Grasp the legs of a bight and form an overhand loop with its tip to the right.

B. Take the bight tip and go through the overhand loop from behind.

Bowline on a bight

C. Take the bight tip down over the entire knot and up into its final position.

D. Draw up the bowline by pulling the two legs of the bight tight on the working part.

E. The final knot

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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