*Knots & Hitches Part II*
20 July 2003
Cinch Knot- Used for cinching down a line over cargo etc.
- Tie the bitter end to something (such as a tie down point on a vehicle) and run the line over the cargo. You’re done on this end. Take the other bitter end and run it through another tie point. Bring it back towards the first bitter end about 3’.
- Grab the line that’s running over the cargo and about 3’ from your 2nd tie point put a couple three twists in it.
- Ah ha…you have an eye.
- Bring your 2nd bitter end through the eye and then pull it back towards your 2nd tie point.
- Pull on the rope and the line that is over the cargo or whatever will tighten right up. With this knot you can really tighten a piece of rope.
- To hold it just tie a couple of ½ hitches.
This will untie quite easily.
Sheep Shank- Used to shorten a piece of line.
- Fake the line back and forth until the overall length is shortened to where you want it.
- Pick a standing part and put an overhand loop in it.
- Place the loop over the faked line. Repeat the same on the other end.
4 & 5. Sheepshank done. (Note) It has to be tied this way or it won’t work
Timber Hitch- Used to towing a log or similar thing.
- A timber…noooo…really??
- Wrap the bitter end around the object and then wrap it around the standing part 4-5 times.
- Wrap the standing part like so a couple of times along the object.
- The finished project.
The last hitch should be only a few inches from the end. This will cause the object to tow straight.
Again…practice makes perfect!!
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