Useful, simple, fast and possible even when the rope in under tension. This is the clove hitch, generally used to fix or raise anything, from fenders to rope bundles.
It’s very easy but often not made in the right way if we consider the great number of adrift fenders.
In the video above, we see how to tie a clove hitch if we want to fix a fender. Don’t forget: when you tide it, you’d better to leave the fender on the deck in order to prevent it from escaping.
Then, we let the running end over the lifeline and then we move it inwards.
At this point, the running end goes behind the standing one and then over the lifeline.
After passing over the lifeline, the running end comes back by passing through lifeline and standing end.
The clove hicht is tied! We clamp it with our hands, by leaving an abundant rope out the knot.
Finally, we can close with an additional loop to make it more difficult to untie.
The name is supposed to come back from the Latin word “par”, that is “double”. In fact, it consists of two parallel loops.
There is also another version, where the running end passes twice inside the second loop. But attention, it isn’t safe. We can use it only when we need to untie it fast or to fix a flying fender or an awning temporarily.