How To – with Captain Bob Jones: Tying Knots

Rope and boats mean knots. Whether you are tying up your boat at a dock, tying rode to an anchor or a fender to a stanchion or rail, you need to use a knot. The wrong knot will lead to trouble while the right knot offers security.

According to Riviera’s legendary game fishing skipper Bob Jones, you only really need to know a few basic knots to be able to handle most situations.

Here, he describes the cleat hitch which you use all the time tying your mooring lines at the marina.

In following editions, we will look at the round turn and two half hitches (one knot) and the legendary bowline.



With the mooring line secured to the boat, take the loose or working end and:

1 - Pass the line around the entire mooring cleat on the dock, beneath the horn, starting on the side away from the boat. Then return the line around the cleat on the other side.




2 - Pass the line diagonally across the cleat to the opposite horn.



3 - Loop the line under the horn and return it diagonally again to the other horn, creating a figure eight. Then loop the line under the horn again and return the line diagonally back to the other end, this time making a loop, with the loose end passing under the loop.



4 - Hook this loop under the horn and pull tight.


This will secure the boat but you might perform another locking loop on the other end – just to be sure.



Click to enlarge image: Captain Bob Jones.

Captain Bob Jones.