Portuguese bowline

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Portuguese bowline
Calfat node.png
NamesPortuguese bowline, French bowline, Lisbon surprise
RelatedSpanish bowline
Typical useLifting a person
ABoK#1072, #1848

The Portuguese bowline (Portuguese: Nó volta do calafate; also known as the French bowline and Lisbon surprise) is a variant of the bowline with two loops. The two loops are adjustable in size. Rope can be pulled from one loop into the other, even after tightening. The knot can be used as a makeshift Bosun's chair.[1]


It is tied in a way that is similar to regular bowlines.

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  1. ^ Ashley, Clifford W. (1944), The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. 193

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