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Essential Knots: Round turn and two half hitches

Use: Tying a rope to a pole or a ring.

Step 1. Pass the end around the object.

Step 2. Make a second turn.

Step 3. Take the working end over the standing part, tuck it between the two parts to make the first hitch.

Step 4. Repeat the previous step to make a second hitch. Pull tight.

Tip: Practice tying a rope to a mooring ring or a post using a round turn and two half hitches.  

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Boating emergency – how to broadcast a MAYDAY emergency call

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The VHF DSC Radio jargon buster

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ColRegs when sailing single handed

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Steel hull maintenance

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Understanding your mast and rigging

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Wooden Hull Repairs

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