||Use: The cleating of a line is used for fastening halyards, outhauls, downhauls. It is never used for fastening the sheet, as the sheet often has to be released in a hurry.
Other Uses: It can be used on a cleat that fastens a mooring line, by making one or two of the figure-8 turns a locking half hitch, so the line is more securely held.
Step 1: Take full round turn around cleat.
Step 2: Cross over top of cleat to form one or two figure-8s.
Step 3: Finish with one or two full round turns, each pulled in tight.