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I use this combination of knots every time I want a very tight rope line like attaching something to the roof of a car or tying down a tarp. It turns a single piece of rope into a simple machine similar to a pulley, increasing your mechanical advantage when tightening the rope.

Step 1: Overview of the setup

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The bowline secures one end of the rope. The butterfly acts as the pulley. Tied in the middle of the rope it allows you to double back and increase your mechanical advantage. The tautline finishes the setup by creating an adjustable knot that you can slide to pull tighter.

ScottF1648 months ago
When tying a Super Tight Rope you can use a slip knot instead of a Butterfly Knot. If a slip knot slips one way, you have to tie it the opposite way.

As they say "You can do it anyway you want to".
epicTCK4 years ago

So why not just use the tautline hitch instead? Preforms the same function and is 3 times faster.

kellyegan (author)  epicTCK4 years ago

It gives you great mechanical advantage when tightening the line. So you should be able to tighten it more.

Chanio4 years ago

Thank you! Learned it!

To know how to explain knots is a mastery as well!

kellyegan (author)  Chanio4 years ago


kewrw284 years ago

Is this the best way to secure a load? It looks very nice.

gniknomis24 years ago
I have always done something like this though my knots are slightly different. The bowline is the same, but the other knots I use are different. My dad always called it a trucker's hitch too. The knot I made with the loop is a type of slip knot and after I use the loose end of the rope to make the line taut, I use a two half hitch butted right up against the loop. Doesn't come untied until I untie it.
fmadsbu4 years ago
So, it's a truckers hitch then? Bowline and truckers hitch are two of my favourites, butt i prefer the sheepskank version of the truckers hitch! It's easier to untie after havy load. ☺
GaryH84 years ago
Sailors and Farmers use it daily.
stifel884 years ago
exzelent top its on my faforites
tomatoskins4 years ago

I've used this very setup many different times. It's super easy and it doesn't require expensive tie-downs.