How to Tie a Rope to a Buoy

Updated February 21, 2017

Buoys are useful tools for fisherman. They are utilised for tasks ranging from connecting to lines attached to underwater traps, to protecting the sides of the boat when docking, to preventing the moving waters from smashing the side of the boat against docks or neighbouring boats. Buoys feature hooks, loops or holes near the top of the buoy designed to hold a rope, secured with a hitch. The lobster buoy hitch is a method of tying a rope to a buoy securely that is also easy to take off manually if needed.

Thread the rope through the hole or loop in the top of the buoy.

Pass the end of the rope over the section of rope before the buoy, creating a loop.

Pull the end around the body of the rope then across itself, creating a second loop that is wrapped around the main body of rope.

Thread the loose end through the first loop.

Pass the end of rope through the second loop formed.

Press up on the knot, ensuring the loose end does not pull free of the final loop, to tighten the hitch.

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