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    What is the proper knot name for that wonderful tie'down knot.......?

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    Double locking half-hitch? I use a couple of those and finish it off with another couple regular Half hitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCub View Post
    Double locking half-hitch? I use a couple of those and finish it off with another couple regular Half hitches.
    Ditto. Never failed me yet.

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    This guy has some neat knot tying instructions. http://www.cptdave.com/double-half-hitch.html

    Yeap double half hitch.
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    I thought maybe AGL was referring to a "truckers hitch". That is my favorite cinch down knot of all time. Great for anything from tieing down garbage for a ride to the dump or lashing a 100 # hind quarter to your meat frame.

    Done correctly, you will always be able to untie the knot no matter how much strain you put on it.

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    The double half hitch in Float Pilot's link isn't what I'm talking about. This video shows what I use although I always pull the first loop tight before I do a second loop to lock it. http://www.funplacestofly.com/blog.asp?ID=324

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    Polar Bear knot circa 1950's and no double locking but I can't swear to it. Just one of those terms that could be made up by the pilot that answered a new pilots irratating questions. I think it was Jack Lee that told me?????Anyone else know?

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    Whoops, sorry, I should have read which forum this post was in...duh.

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    www.flymafc.com/docs/Tiedown-Knots.pdf "Double locking half hitch" is what I was taught and have always used. But I admit I didn't remember what it was properly called either.
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    This site has a bunch of examples of knots and how to tie them.

    http://www.animatedknots.com/

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    I'm pretty sure that Geoffrey Budworth calls the knot I use a hurricane reef, but animatedknots.com calls it a rolling hitch.

    http://www.animatedknots.com/rolling...matedknots.com

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    The knot illustrated in http://www.animatedknots.com/ is knot a locked knot. It can be slid up the standing line. Not really the right knot. I might have to make a video of the correct way to tie the proper tie down knot.

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    A double half hitch is not a locking knot. The knot shown in the illustration/video at
    www.funplacestofly.com/blog.asp?ID=324 is the closest thing to being the correct tie down knot. But in the video, he doesn't pull the first half hitch tight down the standing line to ensure that the next step, pulling the locking bight into the correct spot, requires the application of some force to wedge it solidly between the the first half hitch and the standing part of the line. The illustration also doesn't show another half hitch below the jammed/locked portion of the knot. I'll try to come up with a reasonable series of illustrations to more clearly show what it's supposed to look like.

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    The rolling hitch illustrated at animated knots is intended for connecting two lines, and isn't snugged properly, but is tied as I tie my tie-down knot other than the lack of snugging. I also do two (or three) of the knots before the locking hitch at the end. As I mentioned, I have read that the correct term for the knot I tie is the hurricane reef. I was thinking I saw it in Geoffrey Budworth's book, but I can't find mine to look it up. But after thinking it over, I think the hurricane reef may have been the name given the knot in FE Potts' book.

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    Here is an even better tie down knot than the one I have been using for over 40 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sRfp...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monguse View Post
    Here is an even better tie down knot than the one I have been using for over 40 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sRfp...eature=related
    Looks a little harder to until when it's really wet. Mine have held for more than 56-years, so I guess I'll stick with it. Yours looks like a good know, though. Just a problem with it's cold and wet ...............................

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    Just dug around a little on FE Potts web site and here it is...my memory failed me in that he called it a hurricane hitch. Scroll down until you come to a heading of...Hurricane Hitch, and from there you can get a couple of illustrations.

    http://www.fepco.com/BF.images.gentle.breeze.html

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