The Best Boat Cleat Knot (And The Big Mistake Most Boaters Make)

By: Joseph Simonds on December 26, 2019
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The sun is just about to peak over the horizon…

Birds are diving…

Mullet are jumping…

You can already tell it’s going to be a great day of fishing.

But when you get to the dock, you see your boat floating away!

Has this ever happened to you?

Hopefully knot, but it does happen more often than you’d think!

In this video, Capt. Mark “HOLLYWOOOD” Johnson from FloridaKeysFunFishing.com is going to show you how to tie the cleat hitch knot so that your boat stays secure to the dock.

Most people do the first half of this knot right, but not the second half, and that’s the part that causes the knot to come undone.

Watch the video below to learn how to tie the cleat hitch knot.

How To Tie The Best Boat Cleat Knot [VIDEO]

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There are two parts to this knot:

  1. Start with the figure eight
  2. Finish it with a locking half hitch

Most people get the figure eight right, but don’t finish it with the half hitch.

If a rope gets stiff from long days and nights out in the open, it can come undone without the half hitch, so that part is crucial for keeping your boat secure to the dock.

Conclusion

cleat hitch knot for boats

Tying a figure eight with a locking half hitch takes about 5 seconds, but it’s more than worth it to keep your boat secure to the dock.

If you’re in the keys and want to book a trip with Capt. Johnson’s fleet, you can do so at FloridaKeysFunFishing.com.

Have any questions about this knot?

Has your boat ever come undone from the dock?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Great Video Hollywood! Just wanted to touch on one point: When I was a deckhand in the USCG they always taught us to put a full turn on the cleat before starting the figure 8. The full turn helps lock down the line from slipping should you forget to finish off the figure 8s with a locking hitch. All very simple common sense things to do so that you can enjoy fishing instead of chasing your runaway boat.