monkey's fist

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A knot employed to weight the end of a heaving line. Allow from 1.8 to 2.7 metres (6–9 ft) of the line to make it, and then (i) wind three turns round the palm of the hand before (ii) passing another lot of three turns across and round the first three, as indicated by the arrows in the diagram. Then (iii) pass a third lot of three turns round and across the second three, but inside the first three and in the direction indicated by the arrows. Note that if the knot has been made properly the end will come out alongside the standing part of the rope. Finally, (iv) make all the turns taut before splicing the end into the standing part. Alternatively, before making the knot taut, tie an overhand knot in the end of the rope, and tuck it into the monkey's fist, which should then be made taut.

Monkey's fist

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