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Basic Knots

Clove hitch

A clove hitch is used chiefly to tie a line to a post or pile. Many sailors use a clove hitch to moor small boats, but be careful because if there isn't steady tension on the line, it can loosen. For more security, the line's end should be half-hitched to its standing part.

To form a clove hitch, two underhand loops can be slipped over a pole. To tie an underhand loop, cross the running end behind the standing part.

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