The Highwayman's Hitch can be used as a temporary mooring knot for a small boat or to tether an animal. The standing part of the rope takes the load while the working end is tied to slip free with a tug.
It is similar to the Mooring Hitch
The Highwayman's Hitch is not a safe knot for any type of human load as it can be released or slip accidentally!
HIGHWAYMAN'S HITCH Knot Tying Instructions
- Double line to make the first bight in the rope and place bight behind post, rail or spar.
- Make a second bight in the standing line and pass that bight through the first bight. Give a little pull on the working end to tighten down on the second bight and hold it in place.
- Take the working (which should be longer than it appears in the accompanying illustration) and make a third bight.
- Pass the third bight through second and pull on the standing line to tighten the knot.
- The knot holds with tension on the standing part and can be released with a tug on the working end.