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How to Tie a Clove Hitch

Learn how to tie a clove hitch in this Howcast boating video with expert Toby Stull.


Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I'm captain with Out in the Water Sailing. We're an adventure sports sailing company, providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at We're here today in Liberty Harbor to talk about boating. When you are coming into a dock, sometimes there will not be a cleat to tie to. In such incidence, we either have to tie to a post or to a piling like this. Lot of time when that happens we use a clove hitch. To tie a clove hitch make sure that you have enough line tail to go around the post 2-3 times. Wrap your line around the post or piling and take the end underneath the leading side of the line, wrap it around again and make sure your end goes through that second loop, now we are secure with a clove hitch.

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