How to Tie Boating Knots : How to Tie A Monkey’s Fist Knot
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How to Tie Boating Knots : How to Tie A Monkey’s Fist Knot

October 18, 2019

Hi my name is Dan and I’m here with Expert
Village. Today I’m going to show you how to tie a monkeys fist. Which is a very old boating
knot. To start with take your pointer finger and middle finger and spread them. Make three
turns around your fingers. Next wrap your leading end in between your two fingers the
same number of turns you took around your fingers in this case three. When you have completed these three turns
very carefully remove your fingers from the knot and take the leading end and make three
more constrict loops. The monkeys fist is quiet simple to tie however tightening it
is where some skill is needed, as it must be tightened evenly. Pick one point in your knot and start slowly
and evenly removing the slack.
The monkeys fist’s practical application if tied with a rock in the center becomes quiet
a heavy knot and you can tie it in a small line and then bend it or attach it to a larger
line and throw this from your boat to the dock or a deck hand can grab the monkeys fist
and pull in the thin line with a larger line attach to it. So that is how you tie a monkeys


  • Reply chemistrycounts June 12, 2008 at 7:27 am

    it can also be used for a weapon,or on keychains.

  • Reply MakeMoney713 December 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    good video but he should of used a lighter more visible colored rope

  • Reply desolatesoul87 May 5, 2009 at 1:05 am

    bullshit – it's used during mooring for passing the linesmen the mooring line. The heaving line has a monkey's fist at the end and is tied by a sheet bend to the mooring line. The linesmen then pull on the heaving line as the mooring rope is passed out across to em. We used it nigh on every time in Foreland Shipping.

  • Reply desolatesoul87 May 18, 2009 at 3:14 am

    No worries – sorry about the arrogance of the last comment. Was rather drunk haha!

  • Reply Life's Adventures September 28, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I think you should use a different color rope!!

  • Reply TheMadisonMachine September 17, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I've wanted to tie this since I saw The Ghost of the Flying Dutchman display it on Spongebob!! ^_^

  • Reply Isaac Waggoner December 21, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Thought he did an awesome job talking his way threw it that part was really great however the shadows and color of the line was tough to follow along.

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