The clove hitch is a great knot
to know, no doubt. However, they're dangerous if the line to whatever you're tying up alternates between slack
, because clove hitches easily fall open.
In other words, if you're hanging a brace of rabbits from a tree branch, a clove hitch works great. Don't use one to moor your boat, though.
suggests that if you follow a clove hitch with a couple of half hitch
es, your boat is safe. I still think a bowline