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Pile Hitch Tying

Pass a bight of the rope around the pole and under the standing end. Drop the bight over the top of the pole. Tighten the hitch so that the standing end can take the load.
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Pile Hitch Details

Uses: A Pile Hitch (ABOK # 1815, p 306) provides a valuable way to quickly attach a mooring line to a dock post. It is surprisingly secure and very rapidly cast off. It cannot, however, be recommended as a permanent mooring hitch. A series of pile hitches can also be used to make a rope fence.

Alternatives: For a more permanent mooring hitch we still prefer the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches or a Bowline.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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