Towboat Hitch / Capstan Hitch – UPDATED

Towboat / Capstan Hitch tied on a sailboat winch

Towboat / Capstan Hitch tied on a sailboat winch

The Towboat Hitch or Capstan Hitch is a great knot or hitch to use when you need to tie a line to your winch or a post.  The Towboat Hitch or Capstan Hitch is quick and easy to tie, very secure, and can be released under load.

The Towboat / Capstan Hitch is great when you need to tie to a piling or similar object.

Winches on sailboats are usually very solidly mounted because of the high sheet loads, this makes them a nice attachment point when towing another boat, winches are also usually easier to reach than cleats.

The Towboat / Capstan Hitch is a well kept secret, I have demoed this for people who have sailed all their life and the look on their face is one of amazement.

I have updated the instructions with better pictures and instructions.

Practice this one a few times and amaze your friends and fellow boaters.

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