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Outfitting a Canoe - End Loops

What are End Loops?
End loops are loops at each end of the canoe for attaching items such as painters and swim lines and for use in boat rescues for example in a pinned boat situation. There is much debate on end loops and whether they should be close to the boat sides or big enough to use as grab handles. I am in the former group. You do not want anything where someone can get their hand trapped inside so this how to works on the close to boat sides ethos.

Completed end loops
The finished end loop – Look how close the rope is to the side of the boat. No trapped hands with this loop.

You Will Need
You will need

  1. 2 x 1m lengths of 10mm floating rope or Kermantle rope.
  2. Snips
  3. Hammer
  4. Zip ties
  5. Pencil
  6. Tape measure
  7. Masking tape
  8. 3mm HSS drill bit (Pilot bit)
  9. 10mm HSS drill bit
  10. Drill
1. On each side of the front of the boat:
Place a piece of masking tape approx. 8cm down from the top of the deck plate.
Measure down approx. 8cm from the deck plate and place a mark.
Measure in approx. 6cm from the front and place a mark.

2. Drill 3mm pilot holes at your marks. Be brave.

3. Drill out the holes to 10mm

4. Thread the ends of the 10mm rope into the holes and pull the ends evenly inside the boat so that the rope is flush up against the boat.

5. Pull the rope through so it is flush against the boat

6. Tie off the ends with an overhand knot.

7. Place the handle of your hammer into the loop; be careful not to scratch your boat. Rotate the hammer to tighten the knot and create a small gap between the rope and the boat.

8. Tidy the rope inside with zip ties above and below the knot. Trim the spare zip tie plastic with your snips making sure you cut flush against the zip lock so there are no sharp edges.

9. Repeat the process at the opposite end of the canoe. Well done you have fitted your end loops.