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A very useful general purpose knot, the round turn and two half hitches.


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What is the issue?
Sailing is a world is of knots, bends, hitches, loops etc and can be daunting. But a handful of knots will suffice. The bowline is the king of the multi-purpose sailing knots, and the one to learn first. After that, our circumnavigations’ most convenient knot was the clove hitch. But it is worth spreading out to a few more general purpose knots.

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

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Learn the round turn and two half hitches knot see figures 1 and 2..
The round turn and two half hitches is a very simple but highly useful knot to have in your repertoire. It is ideal for attaching a mooring line to a dock post or ring. The key benefit of the knot is it can be tied and undone when loaded up. It is also unlikely to slip down a post and the knot rarely if ever jams. It is more reliable than the clove hitch that can unroll and is difficult to tie down tightly.
The round turn and two half hitches is a very easy and useful knot that is well worth acquiring the knack. It is also half way to the fisherman’s bend which is an excellent anchor knot.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.





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