By Lenny Rudow
How to Tie a Line on Cleat
Here's a quick explanation of one safe and foolproof way to make a line fast on a cleat.
Different people have different opinions as to the best way to cleat a line—in fact, even the Navy and the Coast Guard have differing methods—but what really counts is that you make the line one hundred percent secure, and still make it easy to undo when the time comes. The method we’ll talk about today is my favorite, and I absolutely guarantee that it won’t slip loose nor turn into a tangled mess.
Step III: Finish off the cleat by turning the line over in your hand, slipping it over the horn, and pulling it tight. This way the line pulls down on itself, become tighter when stressed. Make one of these super-wraps on either end of the horn.
Step IV: Sleep easy, knowing your boat is safe and sound.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
- Connect with Lenny Rudow on Google+