The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches
How to Tie It & When to Use It

The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches is a very quick and easy knot to use when taking a mooring line to a cleat or bollard. Just throw a full turn around the cleat and make a couple of half-hitches with the working end (or a bight) of the mooring line and the boat is secure. 

The knot won't jam under load and is easy to release.

The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches can also be used to attach a line to any item of hardware, but there are other less bulky knots more suitable for this purpose.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

For illustration purposes we're using a rail (well, to be truthful it's a plastic broom handle) rather than a mooring cleat.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches (Stage 1)

Stage 1

Lay the line over the rail.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches (Stage 2)

Stage 2

and take a full turn around it.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches (Stage 3)

Stage 3

Take the working end around the standing part, making a half-hitch.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches (Stage 5)

Stage 4

Do the same again, making a second half-hitch. Here we've gone from right to left around the standing part with the second half-hitch, but it's perfectly acceptable to go from left to right.

How to Tie the Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches (Stage 6)

Stage 5

Hold the standing part and pull of the working end and you have the round turn and two half-hitches.

You can now relax in the knowledge that your boat is now securely tied to a plastic broom handle!

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