Ever come back from a meal ashore to find your boat dangling from one line... or worse still, floating away across the harbor? Making a line fast to a dock cleat seems like it should be very straightforward, but even the Navy and the Coast Guard have different methods. And bringing up the topic in any waterfront bar could lead to a fistfight. So how can you to learn this simple task without worrying that the line will either come loose or turn into tangled mess that won't ever come uncleated?

Fortunately  Senior Editor Lenny Rudow has taken the time to walk through his favorite four step method in this 40 second video.

And if you're a new boater, you might also want to check out some other tips from our vault.

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