This knot has the advantage of being releasable underload. Something that
can come in handy for rescue work, among other things. The knot looks
scary, but is safe provided you clip both protruding tails. The knot will
slip a bit when weighted. Ideally the knot should not be used unweighted.
Follow these steps to tie a Mariner's knot:
Step 1: Wrap a loop of accessory cord (or webbing), around an
anchored carabiner. Step 2: Wrap the appropriate end of the cord
around the other end four or so times, forming the knot as pictured. On
the last wrap feed the cord through the remaining loop, leaving it
protruding somewhat. Clip a quickdraw (or similar), from the protruding
tail to your anchor - this is your backup in case the knot slips too much
and fails. Then clip your load to the other end.
Mariner's Knot -
From Karl Lew's web site.
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