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Round Turn and 2 Half Hitches

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2008 3:42 PM

A round turn and two half hitches is one of the most common knots used for tying a boat up securely so it doesn't float off while you're on your lunch break!

To tie a round turn and two half hitches, you will need a length of rope, and something secure to tie it around (not to mention something worth tying up!

As in picture 1, start by taking the working end around the object to tie to, and then a second turn (picture 2).

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Picture 1

Picture 1

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Picture 2

Picture 2

Next, take the working end over the top of the standing end (picture 3), then back through the loop that is formed (picture 4), forming a half hitch.

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Picture 3

Picture 3

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Picture 4

Picture 4

Pull this tight, then repeat, taking the working end over the top of the standing end, underneath, and through the loop (picture 5). If you want to make it even more secure, then just do some more half hitches.

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Picture 5

Picture 5

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