Cleat Hitch

Cleat Hitch

How to tie the Cleat Hitch

The Cleat Hitch is probably the most frequently mis-tied knot. Walking along the LTYC dock as people are launching boats, I often see more incorrect than correct examples. Don't be embarassed though, That's true of boats tied up at any dock.

As long as the dock line (or halyard, or whatever other line you're cleating) is of an appropriate material, and sized to match the cleat, then the Cleat Hitch as shown is the preferred knot.