The Best Boat Cleat Knot (And The Big Mistake Most Boaters Make)
By: Joseph Simonds on December 26, 2019
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]
There are two parts to this knot:
- Start with the figure eight
- 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.
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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