How to Tie a Bowline Knot!




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Thirty seconds to tie a very useful knot!

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    6 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I work as an Entertainment Arena Rigger, theatrical technician, and am an IRATA certified high angle technician, so I do know a little about rope and knots.

    Cheers keep up the good work!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry Marsh, I have to correct you here. What you have shown is what we call an outside Bowline, which although similar in use and function, has a dangerous propensity to untie itself when encountering obstructions or rolling over an edge.
    In addition your tail (rabbit) is too short, rule of thumb is 8 lays (thicknesses) of rope minimum for a tail, that gives a saftey factor for rope stretch and stiff rope.

    If you tied my rope like that at work you get hollered at and would be buying beer afterwards thats for sure!! lol.

    The rabbit comes out of the hole, around the tree, and back into the hole.

    Your rabbit came out of the hole around the tree and ran off to points unknown! lol.

    Great instructable, do it again with the proper bowline please!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    To be perfectly correct, that is *not* a bowline knot. The short end that exits the knot must do so inside the loop. The left-hand bowline knot that you have shown is rated as "distincly inferior" to the bowline in The Ashley Book of Knots (Faber & Faber Ltd).

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Short answer: No and no.
    Long answer: Visit a library and take a look at the book I mentioned. (See also: )