• How to Tie a Bowline

    Bowline (pronounced bowlin)

    The bowline knot is a great knot to form a loop in a line. The principle advantage is that the knot is easily untied once the load is removed from the line and does not slip or bind. It is commonly used to fasten a line temporarily to a post, a mooring ring or when towing objects.

    Many people use an analogy of a rabbit and a hole to remember how to tie this knot and I will add it to the steps as necessary.

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    1. Form a loop in the line, this will become the rabbit's hole. In this picture the standing end is at the top of the picture and should be thought of as a tree standing beside the hole. (note when forming the loop pay close attention to how the loop is formed lying on top of the base of the tree).

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    2. Now the loose end (bitter end) can be thought of as a rabbit as it comes up out of the hole. (note how the rabbit passes through the hole under then over).

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    3. The rabbit then runs around behind the tree.

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    4. As the rabbit comes round the tree it dives back into the hole.

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    5. Grasp the bitter end and portion of the loop with one hand while grasping the standing end with the other and snug the knot.


    Comments 4 Comments
    1. jprohan's Avatar
      jprohan -
      This is the only knot I ever use; never buy dock lines with loop spliced in. I just tie a bowline whenver I need a loop. Once towed a 16 foot center console 200 miles from Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, at 16 kts. for 200 miles. When I got to FL the know untied fairly easily. Learn this one and you'll be happy you did.
    1. TimG's Avatar
      TimG -
      This knot continues to amaze me with the loads you can put on the knot and still get it untied. I find new uses for it all the time both on the boat and off. Jprohan have you posted pictures of Alexa Grace yet?
    1. Lomew Bartho's Avatar
      Lomew Bartho -
      Hey Guys thanks for sharing that information.
    1. TimG's Avatar
      TimG -
      YW Lomew
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