How to Attach a Water-Ski Rope to a Boat

by Will Charpentier
A woman slaloms while hanging onto a waterski rope.

A woman slaloms while hanging onto a waterski rope.

One of the last things you want when you water-ski is to watch your ski rope come untied from the boat that's pulling you. You need to secure your ski rope well, to prevent that possibility. A simple knot can grab the ski pole; for safety's sake you should also prevent the knot from coming undone.

Constrictor Knot, Two Half-Hitches

Make a constrictor by making two loops in the ski rope, about two feet from the end. Twist the top loop so it rests atop the bottom loop. Drop both loops over the ski pole and pull the rope's bitter end -- the one end of the rope -- to tighten the knot. To prevent the constrictor knot from capsizing, or coming undone, tie the bitter end to the ski rope with two half-hitches. To tie a ski rope to one of a boat's tow rings, tie the constrictor knot around the tow ring and use two half-hitches to secure the bitter end to the ski rope.

References

  • The Ashley Book of Knots; Clifford Ashley

About the Author

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.

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