Half hitch

Half a beat or half- beat is a basic form when tying knots. It can include a cable or an object.


Half the shock is part of many nodes. The most famous is a half Rundtörn with two half hitches. In addition, he serves to secure the free end of the rope, for example when Webeleinenstek.


Rundtörn with two half hitches

Half Rundtörn with two half hitches

Webeleinenstek with two half hitches

Takling of half hitches

Half strokes as false knotted Marl beat ( after stripping remain eyes)

Fire department

The firefighters put a half stitch to bars or other long items that need to be pulled or released to these lead better and prevent the uncontrolled roving hitting (see picture with half stitch at the nozzle ).

In general, it is used together with a clove hitch or a double loop, used for the actual mounting of the device. The Ashley Book of knots, this variant is also known as cross- node ( number 206).


On the construction of carpenters and bars are mounted below with the carpenter node, and backed up with a half hitch, and can be pulled up vertically with a rope.


When sailing, the line is secured to the end with a blow to the head (half beat) the documents on the cleat.

When documents on the bollard two half beats are thrown over the bollard. This is how the thrown Webeleinenstek.

A line can also be assigned to the winch with a half hitch. To this end, the loose end is pulled through as a bay under the fixed end and this slipped than half hitch over the wiper. It then creates a kind of " Stopperstek ". The same goes with an anchor chain on the chain bollard.

With the mainsheet or an auxiliary line aufgetuchte the sail to be lashed to the boom. These ties to several half hitches to sail and tree, where the line is drawn through each as a bay. The whole thing looks like a sausage tied and can be absorbed onto the whole length again by train on the loose end.

In contrast to the self-opening half a beat, there is also the Marl blow for a sail to strike to a spar.