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Monkey Fist

Most mariners will understand the benefits of using this knot at the end of a heaving line. Inserting a solid ball into the monkey’s fist, as in this version,’ is a big plus. 

How many times have you seen a mooring line land short and fall in the water, just when it’s critical? 

Make three turns around your fingers and wrap the rope end around horizontally.

Wrap it around two more times.

Pass it through the loop.

Wrap it the horizontal section three more times.

Insert a ball to give it a spherical shape and weight.

Pull to tighten.

The knot is complete.

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