Saturday, March 29, 2008

Anchor Bend

Anchor Bend

Applications : Used on small boats for securing rope warps to anchor rings, this knot is misleadingly named. It is actually a strong-ish (70-75%) and secure hitch for wet and slimy conditions.

Method : Take a round turn but then pass the first of two identical half-hitches through it (1-3).The 1904 variant (4) is a round turn through a round turn, which, when it has been systematically worked up snug, makes a semi‑ permanent knot.

History : The anchor bend was recommended by David Steel in Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship (1794). It is also known as the fisherman's bend. A neat variant appeared in the anonymous Handbook of Boat Sailing (1904).

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