Gripping sailor's hitch

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Gripping sailor's hitch
Category Hitch
Related Sailor's hitch, rolling hitch, Icicle hitch
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use Tie one rope to another rope, boom, spar, shaft, etc., and pull lengthwise.

The gripping sailor's hitch[a] is a secure, jam-proof friction hitch used to tie one rope to another, or a rope to a pole, boom, spar, etc., when the pull is lengthwise along the object. It will even grip a tapered object, such as a marlin spike, in the direction of taper, similar to the Icicle hitch, but superior.[1] It is much superior to the rolling hitch for that purpose.[2] It is similar to the Michoacan-Martin friction knot used in climbing; The finishing wrap for Michoacan-Martin is in the opposite direction of the Gripping Sailors knot, both ends are then made to carry weight.


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  1. ^ Sometimes incorrectly presented under name Sailor's gripping hitch. It is a gripping version of the Sailor's hitch, not a Sailor's version of a (non-existent) Gripping hitch.


  1. ^ "Sailor's Hitch". Notable Knot Index. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Testing Sailing Knots that Really Grip". Inside Practical Sailor. Belvoir Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 

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