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How to Tie a Clove Hitch

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Clove Hitch Used to Hang Fender
Clove Hitch Used to Hang Fender

Photo © Tom Lochhaas

Here’s an example of how the clove hitch is used to tie a fender to a boat’s rail. A clove hitch can also be used to tie a dock line around a post.

Remember that this is a temporary knot. For a secure knot that will hold in all circumstances, make a loop instead with a bowline.

Check out other basic sailing knots.

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