How to Tie a Bowline Knot
The bowline is used to tie a fixed loop at the end of rope and is used in a variety of applications. It is one of the chief sailing knots, and is often called the King of Knots.
- It is easy to tie and untie, unless extreme force has been applied to the standing end of the rope.
- It retains approximately 65 percent of the ropes strength.
- Resists slipping when properly dressed and set.
- Can capsize under some circumstances, thus comprimising knot's integrity.
- Can work its way loose if loaded and relaxed, loaded and relaxed, etc. - This is one reason there are better knots for climbing.
Tying a Bowline
|Step 1 - Form a bight, leave enough running end to complete knot
||Step 2 - Make a loop in the standing end
|Step 3 - Pass running end through the loop
||Step 4 - End passes around (behind) standing end
|Step 5 - Running end goes back through loop
||Step 6 - Dress and set the knot, leave plenty of tail