Cleat Off a Dock Line

The fast and reliable way to secure your boat to a dock.

Illustration by Steve Sanford

Of the myriad ways to wrap a line around a cleat, the simplest is the fastest and most secure.

  1. Take the first turn on the horn opposite the direction of pull.
  2. Wrap the line under the second horn and cross over the top in a figure eight.
  3. Finish with a half-hitch around the second horn. Pull the tag end tight to seat the hitch.