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How to Tie Knots


Marlinspike Hitch

This knot is used to temporarily secure a marlinspike, a device used to splice rope, to another object. It is a useful knot if the sailor needed to hold something and wanted to be sure the marlinspike would be safe.

above info contributed by Kevin Kernan

More info contributed by Kent Shuford: A marlinspike is technically not used to splice normal rope (line in nautical terms). It is actually used to splice wire rope (rope in nautical terms). A Fid (the wooden instrument we have pictured on the malinspike hitch diagram above) is the proper name of the device used to splice fiber/nylon rope (nautical line). The marlinspike actually looks like an oversized nail.

More info contributed by Lester Lee Dronick, Senior Chief Quartermaster (retired) USN:

The marlinspike can keep a line under load from being pulled back through a chock, tackle, or some sort of opening. Handy when rigging when you need to keep the line taut, but leave it to do another chore.

And you can use it to haul on the line, saves wear and tear on the hands. Put a long bar through it and several people can get on it and either pull or push. You can even use it as sort of a second class lever with one end of the bar as the fulcrum.

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George Merrick Troop 7 of Coral Gables
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