The Clove Hitch
How to Tie It & When to Use It

The Clove Hitch is one of the most useful hitches aboard a boat. It's probably most frequently used to attach a fender line to the guardwire or rail, but it can also be used to attach a line to a spar or another rope.

It's not a particularly secure hitch and can work loose if put under intermittent strain, particularly if it's applied from different angles. 

The Clove Hitch can be made more secure by taking the working end making a couple of half-hitches around the standing part in much the same way as the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches.

How to Tie the Clove Hitch

How to tie the Clove Hitch; Stage 1

Stage 1

Make a turn with the working end passing over the standing part;

How to tie the Clove Hitch; Stage 2

Stage 2

Make a second turn...

How to tie the Clove Hitch; Stage 3

Stage 3

...passing the working end back under its own standing part.

How to tie the Clove Hitch; Stage 4

Stage 4

Finally, cinch the knot up tight. It's as simple as that - you've tied a Clove Hitch.


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