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Thursday, October 30, 2014

LET'S GET KNOTTY - BASIC KNOTS, PART 3 OF 3 - "BOWLINE KNOT"

The 'Bowline' knot.  Possibly one of the most important and useful of the knots.  It allows you to tie a fixed loop on the end of the rope or secure a line around an object.  Not only is this a very strong and secure knot, but it is easily removed even when it has been under stress.    

Some useful applications could include:  towing a vehicle, various maritime applications, a bowline on two different ropes or line gives you the ability to link them together, rescue scenarios, and camping uses such as setting up a tarp.

Here is a trick to remember the steps to tying this knot. 
     After making the first initial loop with the long end, the tag or working end will be called the "rabbit", the loop will be the "hole", and the long end, the "tree".  So it goes something like this...the rabbit comes up through the hole, around the tree, and back down the hole.
     





Begin by creating a loop with the long end on the underside of the loop.



With the tag end ("rabbit") bring it up through the loop ("hole").


Bring the tag end ("rabbit") behind the long end ("tree").


Run the tag end ("rabbit") around the long end ("tree") and back up through the hole.





Pull the tag and long ends so the knot starts to settle on itself. 




Pull the loop to make it secure.


Your knot should look similar to this.








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