Making up larger coils

Most of us make up coils for stowing by using some variant of the gasket coil hitch. This makes a neat job by wrapping one end around the whole coil a few times. Sadly, some dock lines and kedge warps are too big to achieve this conveniently. A good compromise is to clove hitch one end around the coil as shown. It needs a bit of practice, but once you’ve mastered it you can say goodbye to the snake’s wedding in your rope locker.