Saturday, March 29, 2008

Round turn and two half-hitches

Round turn and two half-hitches

Applications : This is a classic old hitch for securing a line to a ring, rail or to a spar.

Method : Use the friction of the round turn (1) to snub and hold the load; then add the two identical half-hitches (2-3).The two half-hitches have a breaking strength of 60-75%, but the round turn may increase that percentage.

History : In 1794 David Steel referred to this hitch (by the same name) in Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship.

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