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How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

There are some knots every boater should know how to tie, and the Taut-Line Hitch is one of them. It allows you to shorten or lengthen a rope or line that's under tension, without having to untie the knot. The hitch slides freely, yet jams under load. It's great for anchoring a boat to shore when the water level will be rising or falling and for securing tent and rain fly guy lines.

Here, Josh Giles, NRS Repairs, an Eagle Scout and outdoorsman par excellence demonstrates the Taut-Line Hitch.