Spanish Bowline

Spanish Bowline

How to Tie a Spanish Bowline

The Spanish Bowline is one knot that I have avoided to tie, because I found all the tutorials on this particular Bowline rather complicated. However, I recently came across Alan Lee Knots on Youtube and he demonstrated and excellent way of tying this knot.

Spanish Bowline Uses

In Ashley’s Book of Knots, (202) he mentions that the Spanish Bowline can be used to suspend a ladder at both ends. I somehow get the feeling that in this day and age, health and safety would not allow this to be used.

Spanish Bowline Use
Spanish Bowline Holding a Ladder

Another mention of the Spanish Bowline is (265) where the Spanish Bowline can be used on an injured man. If the injured person is conscious then they could hold the rope, but it would be far safer if the person were also tied under the arms to the rope as well.

Spanish Bowline Rescue Set UP

I have also seen it used to wrap cordage around large packages, whereby the loop are used to allow the cordage to change direction.

Spanish Bowline Video Tutorial

In this video you will learn how to tie the Spanish Bowline. This is the longer version of the video. If you want the short and sweet version on how to tie this knot, then check out the next video.

Just the Spanish Bowline Video Instructions

This is just the video instructions on how to tie the Spanish Bowline

The Spanish Bowline is a beautiful, elegant and symmetrical knot!

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Spanish Bowline — 2 Comments

  1. There is a DOUBLE Spanish Bowline. I’ve seen it tied in a Sea Scout knot instructional video but I can’t seem to make it work. I’ve found a couple google references to it but no instructions. It creates four loops for moving an incapacitated man.

    • That is interesting, I will see if I can find out more. Thanks for taking the time to view and also make a comment, very much appreciated.

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