Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lighterman's hitch

Lighterman's hitch

Applications : When tied around a towing post or hook, this is a superb hitch for securing one boat, barge or ship to another. It also serves to belay a heavy-duty ship's mooring or a marquee guy-line. Whatever the use, it will hold fast, but it cannot jam and is quickly cast off.

Method : Take a turn (or two or three) to apply whatever friction the job demands (1).Once the strain is taken up and the line length adjusted for the job in hand, take a bight beneath the standing part and hitch it over the post, bollard or stake (2-3). Wrap the end around once and let it hang (4).

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