Monkey Fist Doorstop
Supplies Needed: 12 feet of line, rocks, and (optional) string to practice the knot.
The monkey fist was originally designed to give weight to a line to help throw it. These days you can find the monkey fist for sale as a doorstop or paperweight starting at about $20, but most boaters already have the supplies and the basic knowledge to make one for free. The hardest part is learning to tie the monkey fist, but instructions and demonstrations are easily found on YouTube. Practice the knot using a bit of string before moving on to the line for the doorstop. Before tightening the knot, add a couple stones inside for weight. Pull the knot tight, and tuck in the ends.
This article originally appeared in the April 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.