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Anchor Bend


How to tie the Anchor Bend. The Anchor Bend or Anchor Hitch is the knot generally used to fasten a line to an anchor. The free end should be secured with seizing to the standing line for a permanent, secure knot. One side of a Double Fisherman’s also makes a good backup knot to this and any knot.

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Anchor Bend


Tying Instructions

  1. Make two turns around the shackle, leaving turns open.

  2. Pass free end behind the standing line and feed the free end through the first turns and pull tight.

  3. Now tie a half hitch around the standing line and pull tight.

  4. Seize the free end or tie the knot with a long tag end and tie a backup knot such as one half of a Double Fisherman’s (see Backup Knot) with the tag end around the standing part.


Swiffy Output

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