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How To Tie A Bowline Knot

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How To Tie A Bowline Knot
How do I tie a bowline?
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Misty Moose learns why a bowline is an essential knot aboard a trawler.

When we dock in a new location with large pilings we can create a loop large enough to drop over the piling and then cleat it to our boat. The bowline allows us to create a fixed-size loop without choking it to the piling. If you invert a loop over a piling and tighten it then it becomes very difficult to remove when you are ready to leave the dock.

Decide how big you want to make your fixed loop.
Then make your small loop...AKA the rabbit hole if you learned it the boy scout way.
Take the end of your line and bring it up through the loop. From bottom to top like the rabbit coming up out of the hole.
The rabbit has left the hole....OK, so he's not Elvis!
Bring the end up and around behind the longer part of the line....as the rabbit comes out of the hole and runs around behind the tree.
...behind the tree..
Back down the hole...
Then give a tug on the end of the line (the rabbit) and the long part of the line leading away from the loop (the tree).
There's the tug....
Ta-da! A perfect bowline with a loop ready to toss over a BIG piling...and easily removed when you are ready to untie your lines- unlike an inverted loop.
   

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