Knots, Bends, and Hitches for Mariners

Knots, Bends, and Hitches for Mariners

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071463218
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Edition description: SPIRAL
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

U.S. Power Squadrons is the largest private boating educator in the United States and the “go to” organization for recreational boating knowledge and training. USPS offers programs in seamanship and navigation on inland, coastal, and offshore waters, plus a host of special topics ranging from marine engines and electronics to paddlesports and sailing. Members enjoy the camaraderie of fellow boaters and an opportunity to help their local boating communities. For a squadron near you, go to

Table of Contents


1. Marlinespike Seamanship: An Introduction

2. Marlinespike Seamanship Terminology

Parts of a Line

Basic Rope Configurations



Jam Turn

Round Turn

Overhand Loop

Underhand Loop

Half Hitch

Breaking Strength Versus Working Strength

Knots Weaken Rope

Knots, Bends, Hitches, and Splices

3. Working with Rope

Rope Materials

Rope Construction

Laid Rope

Single-Braid Rope

Double-Braid Rope

Parallel-Core Rope

Common Rope Uses Aboard

Cutting Rope

Cold Cutting

Heat Cutting

Joining Rope

Using Heat

Using Glue

Dyeing Rope

Equipment for Dyeing Rope

Dyeing Method

Line Ends (Whipping Lines)

Seizing Lines

Care of Line

Proper Line Storage

Marlinespike Seamanship Tools

4. Knots

Rope Ends (Stopper Knots)

Overhand Knot

Slipped Overhand Knot (Slip Knot)

Figure-Eight Knot

Stevedore Knot

Blood Knot

Heaving Line Knot

Monkey's Fist

Loop Knots


Bowline on a Bight

Slipped Bowline

Angler’s Loop (Perfection Knot)

Painter’s Bowline

Spanish Bowline

Japanese Bowline

Three-Part Crown Knot

True Lover’s Knot (Clover Knot or Cross Knot)

Japanese Success Knot

Jury Mast Knot

5. Bends

Sheet Bend

Double Sheet Bend

Becket Bend (Becket Hitch)

Carrick Bend

Hawser Bend

Reef (Square) Knot

6. Hitches

Attaching Hitches

Round Turn with Two Half Hitches

Clove Hitch (for tall piles)

Clove Hitch (for short piles)

Cleat Hitch

Anchor Bend (a Hitch)

Rolling Hitch

Buntline Hitch

Slipped Buntline Hitch

Tugboat Hitch (Bitt Hitch)

Lark’s Head (Cow Hitch)

Inside Cow Hitch

Jar Sling

Gathering Hitches

Binder’s Loop

Sack Knot (Twice-Turned)

Sack Knot (Thrice-Turned)

Strangle Knot

Constrictor Knot

7. Splices

Rope Ends

Back Splice

Wall and Crown Knot

Matthew Walker Knot

Connecting Ropes

Short Splice

Long Splice

Spliced Eyes

Eye Splice (Laid Rope)

Eye Splice (Double-Braid Rope)

Eye Splice in the Middle of Laid Line

8. Decorative Knots

Line Ends

Turk’s Head

Crown Sennit

Tack Knot

Star Knot

Bell Rope Sennit


Toggle Knots

Toggled Reef Knot

Toggled Lark’s Head

Toggle and Becket




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