Spy School: How to Tie a Bowline Knot

bowline knot
The bowline knot (pronounced ‘boe-lin) is one of the 4 fundamental maritime knots. Utilized since ancient times, the bowline creates a fixed loop at the end of a rope. This knot is easy to tie and easy to release when any load is removed, making it useful in many situations such as securing small boats and aircraft, and some rescue operations. Because of these characteristics it is colloquially known as the King of the Knots.Tying the Bowline is quite simple. There’s a common story for remembering how to tie it about a tree, a rabbit, and its hole. Imagine your rope is the tree, and make a loop for the rabbit’s hole. Bring the end of the rope – the rabbit – up through his hole, around the tree, and back down the hole. Done. Simple! Do it a few times and you’ll get it right away.

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