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.


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.

  • +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.
    – Lost
    Jan 26 '12 at 11:12
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    @Dangeranger, it's been two years since you gave me this advice and I've used the trucker's hitch countless times since. Thanks for introducing me to it ;) Sep 24 '14 at 21:19
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    @MikeM.Lin glad I could help Sep 25 '14 at 15:24

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