Over the years, I’ve noticed that many boaters have a problem correctly tying to a cleat at a dock or on their boat. Following these five steps will make it easier for you to tie-up, untie, and leave your boat secure.
Pass your rope under the cleat.
Wrap the rope tightly under the cleat one time.
Make a figure eight over the cleat.
Do a half-hitch and slip it over the end of the cleat.
Pull the rope tight. Now your boat is secure. It’s easy to untie this knot. Putting more half-hitches in the rope will not improve the strength of the knot. Once you’ve done the first five steps, you’re done.