The Sheet Bend

The Sheet bend is used to join together 2 lines of different diameters. It is useful when using a light heaving line to pass a heavier tow line to a boat or dockline to shore. When used to tie one line to an eye-splice or a metal ring, it is called a Becket bend. A Becket Bend on a Bight can be used to attach a tow line to an all-rope towing bridle.

To tie a sheet bend:
  • Begin with a loop in the heavier line.
  • Pass the bitter end of the smaller line up through the loop of the heavier line, around the heavier loop, and back through the loop in the small line.
  • Tighten it up.
  • Both bitter ends should be on the same side (as shown).

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