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Racking Bend

How to tie the Racking Bend. Serving a somewhat similar purpose as a single or double Sheet Bend, but more secure, the Racking Bend is used for joining ropes of different diameter. The term racking refers to the weaving that binds the two sides of the bight of the larger rope together. The thinner line may then be used to throw a thick line such as a hawser from ship to shore or ship to ship.

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Racking Bend Knot Tying Tutorial

  • Form a bight at the end of the heavy rope. Pass the thinner line into the bight and begin weaving the line in a figure-eight fashion around and through the loop, working from the bottom up.

  • Make at least four complete turns around the bight. It helps to pull each one tight as it is completed.

  • Finish the knot with a Half Hitch around the standing line of the heavy rope and pull tight.



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