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    I taught watersking my Freshman college summer. We eventually got good at doing this working at it every day when tying up the boats.

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    It's all Bos'un Mate 101. . . Probably started two days after the first historic cleat was mounted on a dock. It's not hard with braided line, twist line not so well behaved, but we're spoiled now.
    The gif's depict day sailors, pitching line to snare a cleat was imperative when freeboard and gunwales were 20' above the dock.
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    I can see how they get the wrap but how do they get the hitch? Just flicking their wrist differently?

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    Had to describe via text, but not much different than drawing a figure in the air, with just bare friction paying out line then clamping a bit to halt. A little flick creates the hitch, another settles it on the cleat.
    80% of boat owners do it two handed and twist the hitch under; on a 30'er your fingers will just get sore if caught inside. A real vessel or something really pitching and/or rolling, you'll wind up with a nickname.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Had to describe via text, but not much different than drawing a figure in the air, with just bare friction paying out line then clamping a bit to halt. A little flick creates the hitch, another settles it on the cleat.
    80% of boat owners do it two handed and twist the hitch under; on a 30'er your fingers will just get sore if caught inside. A real vessel or something really pitching and/or rolling, you'll wind up with a nickname.
    Stubby or stumpy comes to mind



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