Halyard Hitch

Halyard Hitch

Halyard Hitch Variations

Since I originally wrote this post, I have since discovered the that there are two versions of the Halyard Hitch. The first version is when it is tied to a ring. The second version is when the Halyard Hitch is tied to a spar or stanchion.

How to Tie the Halyard Hitch to a Ring

The Halyard Hitch is a very simple and secure knot to learn an tie. In the video below, you will learn how to tie the Halyard Hitch.

What is the Halyard Hitch Used for?

The knot itself is used for attaching to such things as ladders, tools and also of course the Halyard on a flag pole.

The Halyard Hitch itself is not actually mentioned in Ashley’s book of knots by name. However, on page 316 number 1912 and 1913, there is a variation of this knot.

The Halyard Hitch looks rather similar to the Poachers Noose Or Scaffold Knot, However, the halyard hitch cannot be used as a noose knot, the knot itself has to remain tight around an object, as the working end is held in place and thereby preventing it from coming undone. Also this knot can become rather difficult to untie if it has been under load.

Halyard Hitch Origen

I did read somewhere that the halyard hitch came from the words to “haul yards”, not sure how true this is, but rather interesting nonetheless.

How to Tie the Halyard Hitch to a Ring Video

Here is a brief video tutorial on how to tie the Halyard hitch to a ring:

Halyard Hitch to a Ring Video Tutorial

How to Tie the Halyard Hitch to a Spar

In this no chat video you will learn how to tie the Halyard Hitch to a spar or stanchion. This particular method is an extremely good way of securing your line to some form of pole. What I really like about it is that as tension is added to the rope, the turns grip exceptionally tightly to the working end. This particular way of tying the Halyard Hitch came from on of Geoffrey Budworth’s book on knotting. I am still playing around and testing this hitch, although it is extremely secure, on occasion it has not been the easiest hitch to undo. But there are times when you want something secured more permanently.

How to Tie the Halyard Hitch to a Spar Video

A short and sweet video on how to tie the Halyard Hitch to a Spar or Stanchion

Tying the Halyard Hitch to a Spar Video

Halyard Hitch Comment

Please do let me know your experiences of using either version of the Halyard Hitch in the comments below.


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