September 2012

Mastering marlinespike

Buntline hitch

A simple knot that will hold under a load, the buntline hitch can be rapidly and easily passed through a ring or around a bar or spar. By splitting its back, it can be loosened easily. You can use it for attaching a Genoa sheet to the clew of a sail or a halyard to a shackle.

Buntline hitch

A. To tie the buntline hitch, take the bitter end behind and out through a ring. Come to the right of the working part to form a “U” around the working part, holding it in place with your index finger and thumb.

B. Bring the bitter end around and in front of the working part, behind the right limb of the loop and down through the newly formed loop.

Buntline hitch

C. Shape the knot, making sure it is a tight clove hitch on the working part, then cinch down tightly. The hitch will slide up toward the ring and tighten on the ring.

D. Finished hitch

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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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