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Animated Knots show you how to tie Basic Knots, Fishing Knots, Sailing Knots, Climbing Knots, Forty Knots,
Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.


Contents
Bowline on a Bight
Cleat Hitch
Double Bowline
Figure Eight
Marline Hitch
Midshipman's Hitch
Rolling Hitch
Stevedores Knot

Here are knots for the Boy Scout Small-Boat Sailing merit badge as well as Sea Scout Able, Apprentice and Ordinary ranks. The square knot, bowline, clove hitch, two half hitches, and figure eight are included in the Boy Scout Knots page.

Bowline on a Bight

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Bowline on a Bight
Bowline on a Bight
Bowline on a Bight
Also see: Bowline and Double Bowline.

The bowline on a bight is a rescue knot with two loops to support a person.

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Instructions

Start the bowline on a bight by tying a bowline using a loop (bight) instead of a single rope. Make the overhand loop as normal and bring the bight through and around the entire knot and tighten securely before putting weight on it.

The Bowline on a Bight is one of the Forty knots.

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Cleat Hitch

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Cleat Hitch
Cleat Hitch
Cleat Hitch

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Double Bowline

Double Bowline (French Bowline)
Double Bowline (French Bowline)
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Double Bowline
Also see Bowline and Bowline on a bight.
The Double Bowline is also called the French Bowline.

The Double Bowline is like a Bowline that wraps around you a second time.

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Instructions

Make a loop (top to you). The rabbit goes out of the hole, goes around you a second time, then back out of the hole a second time, around the tree, and back into the hole.

The Double Bowline is one of the Forty knots.

Lesson Vides
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Figure Eight

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Figure Eight
Figure Eight knot
Figure Eight knot
Also see: Figure eight follow-through, Figure eight on a bight and Figure eight on bend

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 570, p. 95. Grog notes: "The Figure Eight provides a quick and convenient stopper knot to prevent a line sliding out of sight, e.g., up inside the mast. Its virtue is that, even after it has been jammed tightly against a block, it doesn't bind; it can be undone easily. This virtue is also, occasionally, a vice. The figure of eight can fall undone and then has to be retied."

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Instructions
  • Loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Pull tight.
Lesson Videos
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Marline Hitch

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Marline Hitch
Marline Hitch
Marline Hitch
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Midshipman's Hitch

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Midshipman's Hitch
Midshipman's Hitch
Midshipman's Hitch
Required for
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Rolling Hitch

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Rolling Hitch
Rolling Hitch
Rolling Hitch
Required for
Video Lessons
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Stevedores Knot

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Stevedores Knot
Stevedores Knot
Stevedores Knot
Required for
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