Heaving line


A heaving line knot is a family of knots which are used for adding weight to the end of a rope, to make the rope easier to throw. There are several distinct knots which all share the common name, heaving line knot. This knot is easy to tie or untie, works well as a stopper or heaving knot.


To serve as a weight, making a rope easier to throw. In nautical use, a heaving line knot is often tied to the end of a messenger line, which is then used for pulling a larger rope.



Other names

Stopper knot, Franciscan knot, Monk’s knot, Heaving line knot


1. Make a long loop on the rope.
2. Cross the end over the standing part.
3. Wrap the working end around.
4. Wind the end around the bight, from the standing part towards the tip of the bight.
5. Put the end through the bight.
6. Tighten by pulling on the standing part to close the bight.

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