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How to Tie a Stop Knot

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Start with a Twisted Loop
Stop Knot Step 1

Photo © Tom Lochhaas

Tie a stop knot in the end of running rigging on a sailboat to prevent the knot from pulling through a block, cleat, or other gear. The figure-eight stop knot shown in these steps generally works best and is easy to untie when needed.

Begin by whipping the line end to prevent fraying.

Step 1

Start by making a loop near the end of the line with a twist as shown in the photo.

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