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The clove hitch, the most convenient knot aboard

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What is the issue?
Sailing is a world is of knots, bends, hitches, loops etc. The bowline is the king of the multi-purpose knots, and the one to learn first. But although functional in most every circumstance it can be cumbersome in many situations.

Why address this?
Once the bowline is securely under your belt there are a few knots that are worth learning next for optimised approaches to specific recurring tasks aboard.

How to address this?
Learn the clove hitch which is a very simple but highly useful knot aboard - see figures 1 and 2.

The clove hitch was the most convenient knot we used during our circumnavigation. We use it daily for tying our wind scoop and awning to the guard rails, plus it is an excellent fender knot. Although convenient, the clove hitch can unroll and is difficult to tie down tightly or under a load. It is never the less a usefull knot very easy to learn and well worth acquiring the knack.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession

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