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     Whenever you walk along a dock, look at the multitude of methods people use to tie-up.   You could even take some pictures and create different photobook of sorts, that can help as a guide along the way.  Some lines hooked to horn cleats look like they would release in the lightest breeze, while others look like it will take the owners 20 minutes plus to get underway.  Some horn cleats have a hole in the middle and you will see where people have passed an eye splice through the hole and then put the eye around the cleat's horns.  This is secure and "neat," but if there is a strong offshore breeze, plan on leaving that line at the dock. Please have a look at the three examples provided to the left.

By simply going once around the cleat, you have control of the boat in all but the most severe conditions, and with one crossover plus one half hitch, you have all the friction needed to hold the line on the cleat.
To tie an cleat wind:
  • Take the line one full turn around the cleat.  For optimum security, the line should pass in front of the cleat at a 30 to 45-degree angle.
  • Once you have one complete turn, you are in control.  To bring the boat in to you, LIFT UP on the part of the line between the cleat and the boat -- this leverage can move some large boats and works far better than trying to pull the boat into the dock.
  • Next, pass the line across and over the top of the cleat.
  • Pass the line and under the horn.
  • Make a second cross over the top, and finish with a single half hitch.  Be sure the half hitch is run in the correct direction so that the bitter end is along side the first crossover.  The friction between these two part of the line provides the security.
  • Tighten it up.
Follow the boating and fishing knot links to the right for more clear pictures, directions and some animations on how to tie several popular boating and fishing knots.

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