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October 26, 2001

Insider's View

Staying within the loop helps simplify a complex-looking knot, such as a Bimini twist.

Tying a Bimini twist can be quite a daunting proposition, particularly when it often must be done on a boat in none-too-calm-conditions. Books and other references offer step-by-step instructions on this rather complicated knot, but I've found that tying a Bimini with the line around my body makes it simple even in rough conditions.
With the rod in a holder, stand at least 6 feet away and pass the line around your waist. The line must stay taut between you and the rod tip, so keep the drag tight. After wrapping the tag end around the main line, hold the tag tightly with one hand, and put your other thumb between the double lines at the base of the twists. Push away from yourself with your thumb to tighten the twists; you'll find the tag end rolls down toward your thumb. From there you can tie a half-hitch around each leg of double line and finish the Bimini as you normally do.
Staying within the loop helps simplify a complex-looking knot. For a longer length of double line, pass the loop around something behind you before tying the Bimini from the inside.
Capt. Bert Lee
Tolaga Bay East Cape Charters
Tolaga Bay, New Zealand