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Let's say I want to tie a hard object to the top of my car, like a kayak. What is the preferred knot for cinching it down tightly?

I often run into this problem with boats, lumber, and the like. In the past, I've used a tautline hitch with success, but I've heard that it's not safe under critical loads. I've also used a trucker's hitch several times, and that seemed to work well, but I'm not sure what the norm is.

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The knot(s) I would use are:

Make sure to perform this process for the front and the back of the object.

Check that the object doesn't shift, and recheck each couple hours of driving.

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Good set of knots for this purpose. Once it's tied, try to shift the load in all directions, then take up slack. After you drive a short way, take up slack again. –  Jay Bazuzi Jan 26 '12 at 5:48
    
Made changes, thanks.@JayBazuzi –  Dangeranger Jan 26 '12 at 5:52
    
+1 for the trucker's hitch. I've yet to find a load that couldn't be wrangled with a truckers and a couple of half-hitches. –  LBell Jan 26 '12 at 11:12
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