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Marlin Spike Hitch — 2 Comments

  1. You saw about not using that method of tying the bowline (or cowboy bowline) in a life saving situation. However I know that the UK Coastguard do exactly that! I was shown to tie a bowline that way by a Coastguard Officer. The way we were using it (and how the Coastguard used it) was:

    You tie the marlinspike knot in the rope and then throw the rope you a stranded individual.
    They can wrap the working end round their waist, through the marlinspike knot and back on itself.
    They pull it tight and hold the working end against itself.
    Then as you hoist them up it pulls the rope through, rolling the marlinspike knot and creating a bowline.
    Then you can life them.

    Obviously this would be a last case scenario for the Coastguard. But for example if there isn’t enough space to get harnesses through etc or just to hold someone in place.

    • Love it when I hear about knots being used in action!! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to view and also make a comment, very much appreciated.

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