The Sheet bend is used to join together 2 lines of different diameters. It is useful when using a light heaving line to pass a heavier tow line to a boat or dock line to shore.
To tie a sheet bend:
Both bitter ends should be on the same side (as shown).
- Begin with a loop in the heavier line.
- Pass the bitter end of the smaller line up through the loop of the heavier line, around the heavier loop, and back through the loop in the small line.
- Tighten it up.
- 48% - 58% line breaking strength remaining.
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