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Heaving Line Knot

 

The Heaving Line Knot, or Franciscan Monks' Knot , is widely used by sailors, is tied at the end of a lighter line which in turn is attached to a heavier line. The lighter line is thrown first, usually from boat to shore, so the heavier line can then be drawn or heaved behind it.

To Tie a Heaving Line Knot:

Form a large loop in the working end of the rope.
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Take the working end over and back under the standing part and compress the loop.
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Make four turns with the working end around the standing part and the compressed loop.
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On the fourth turn take the working end down through the loop. Keep the already formed turns as tight as possible.
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Pull on the working end and the standing part to tighten the knot. As the knot is tightening, form the final knot shape.
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