Nautical Knots

Midshipman's Hitch Knot Step 7

How To Tie A Midshipman’s Hitch Knot

It’s important to know how to tie a Midshipman’s Hitch Knot if you’re heading out on the water. It’s a strong and practical knot that can be used for a variety of purposes. It’s easy to tie, unloaded or under load, and relatively easy to untie too. It’s a great knot that makes an adjustable…

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Zeppelin Bend Step 6

How To Tie A Zeppelin Bend Knot

If you want to learn how to tie a Zeppelin Bend Knot, then here’s everything you need to know. The Zeppelin Bend, also known as the Rosendahl Knot, is a practical knot that uses a combination of overhand knots that interlock together. It’s extremely reliable, rarely slips or binds, and can be untied even after…

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Running Bowline Knot Step 8

How To Tie A Running Bowline Knot

The Running Bowline Knot is a versatile noose-type knot known to most boaters It’s an incredibly useful knot based on the common bowline with many practical applications. The Running Bowline is found in the Ashley Book Of Knots (#1117) and is described as an essential knot that can create a noose that won’t bind or…

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Soft Shackle Knot Step 17

How To Tie A Soft Shackle Knot

Learning how to tie a Soft Shackle Knot is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s a difficult knot to tie and the process is far trickier than for tying other knots but soft shackles are very useful things, and knowing how to make your own is a handy skill. If you’re not familiar with soft shackles,…

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Trucker’s Hitch Knot Step 12

How To Tie A Trucker’s Hitch Knot

Learning how to tie the Trucker’s Hitch Knot will pay massive dividends in the future. This is a seriously practical knot that can be used for so many tasks. Even if you’re not a regular boater or a trucker for that matter, there are plenty of reasons to master this incredible hitch. Listed in the…

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How To Tie A Heaving Line Knot

How To Tie A Heaving Line Knot

Learning how to tie a heaving line knot is a handy skill when you’re out on the water. The heaving line knot family covers a range of knots that are designed to add extra weight to the end of a rope. Adding weight to the end of a rope is a particularly useful thing to…

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How To Tie A Halyard Hitch Knot

How To Tie A Halyard Hitch Knot

Knowing how to tie a Halyard Hitch Knot should be a fundamental sailing skill. The Halyard, also known as the halliard, is a special rope that sailors would use to hoist an object. These objects could be a mainsail, a flag up a flag pole, a ladder, or a yard. In fact, it’s the latter…

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Icicle Hitch Knot Step 10

How To Tie An Icicle Hitch Knot

The Icicle Hitch Knot is a strong and practical slide and grip knot that can be tied around a rope or spar, and hold significant weight. It can be used on smooth or tapered surfaces which is where Icicle Hitch Knot gets its name. First demonstrated in 1990 at the eighth Annual Meeting of the…

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Alpine Butterfly Knot Step 8

How To Tie An Alpine Butterfly Loop Knot

Knowing how to tie an Alpine Butterfly Loop Knot is an essential skill, especially if you’re looking for a strong knot that’s more stable than a Bowline On A Bight or a Figure 8 Loop. The Alpine Butterfly Loop is a strong and secure knot that gives users a trustworthy loop in the middle of…

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Eye Splice Knot Step 15

How To Tie An Eye Splice Knot

Learning how to tie an Eye Splice Knot it a very practical skill. If you’re not familiar with an Eye Splice, it’s a way of creating a permanent loop on the end of a rope. It can only be done on ropes with multiple-strands as part of its construction. When properly tied, it creates a…

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Buntline Hitch Knot Step 9

How To Tie A Buntline Hitch Knot

The Buntline Hitch Knot dates back all the way to the Age of Sail, so even if you don’t plan on learning it for its uses, you can learn it for its historical value Listed in the Ashley Book Of Knots (#1847), the Buntline Hitch is noted as being an essential part of maritime history….

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Double Sheet Bend Knot Step 8

How To Tie A Double Sheet Bend Knot

The Double Sheet Bend Knot is a more advanced version of the standard Sheet Bend. It’s important to learn how to tie the Double Sheet Bend since it’s a more secure version than the single bend arrangement. It’s a capable knot that can be used to join two ropes of differing sizes. The traditional Sheet…

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Rolling Hitch Knot Step 10

How To Tie A Rolling Hitch Knot

It’s a wise idea to learn how to tie the Rolling Hitch Knot. It’s practical, simple, and has many uses. The knot is often used for attaching a rope to a pole, or to attach a rope to a larger line. It’s a basic friction knot that’s designed for a lengthways pull, rather than to…

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Barrel Hitch Knot Step 6

How To Tie A Barrel Hitch Knot

The Barrel Hitch Knot is not as popular today as it once was. Most boaters don’t need to hoist barrels anymore. But the Barrel Hitch Knot is a simple and effective way to safely suspend any object. In the Ashley Book Of Knots, Ashley describes this knot in two different ways (Ashley #2176 and #2177)…

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Stopper Knot Step 10

How To Tie A Stopper Knot

Knowing how to tie a stopper knot is an essential skill. The term “stopper knot” refers to many different knots. If you hear the term “stopper knot” without any other name attached to it, then you’re most likely hearing about the Ashley Stopper Knot. It’s named in the Ashley Book Of Knots as the Oysterman’s…

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Carrick Bend Step 7

How To Tie A Carrick Bend Knot

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable way to secure two ropes together, then you should learn how to tie the Carrick Bend knot. Sometimes known as the Sailor’s Breastplate About the Carrick Bend The Carrick Bend is listed in the Ashley Book Of Knots as #1439. It’s described as a bend commonly tied…

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Blackwall Hitch Step 6

How To Tie A Blackwall Hitch Knot

. The Blackwall Hitch is a very simple knot that is ideal for securing cargo to a hook. In short, it’s just a Half Hitch knot over a hook! It’s easy to construct, quick to deploy and is quite reliable when tied properly. That said, there are conditions in which it can fail and, as…

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Timber Hitch Knot Step 12

How To Tie A Timber Hitch Knot

If you’re used to handling cargo, then you should already know how to tie a Timber Hitch Knot. This knot is an efficient and practical knot that can be used to tow objects. Whether you’re floating timber down a river or hauling heavy loads overland, the Timber Hitch Knot won’t let you down. The Timber…

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French Bowline Knot

How To Tie A French Bowline Knot

The French Bowline Knot is a practical and reliable knot that forms two secure loops. It’s also known as the Portuguese Bowline, and is very similar to the Bowline On A Bight. It has a number of practical uses including the Bosun’s Chair harness, which can be used to help transport heavy goods, to allow…

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Bowline On A Bight Knot Step 8

How To Tie A Bowline On A Bight Knot

The Bowline On A Bight Knot can seem complicated at first but is fairly straightforward. It’s versatile and effective for boaters and everyday use, as well. Once tied, it creates loops on a length of rope which can handle a heavy load but is still easy to untie. Like the regular Bowline Knot, this practical…

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How To Tie A Figure 8 Knot

Learning how to tie a Figure 8 Knot is an essential part of sailing. This practical knot is a strong, versatile, and reliable knot that can be used for a wide variety of applications. It’s quick to deploy, easy to master, with plenty of uses on deck and on land. The Figure 8 Knot is…

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Half Hitch Knot Step 6

How To Tie A Half Hitch Knot

Learning how to tie the Half Hitch Knot should be the first thing you do as a novice boater. It’s a simple knot, and although it really shouldn’t be used as a complete knot in its own right, it’s a fundamental part of many other, more secure knots. The Half Hitch Knot is a very…

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Marlinespike – Terminology

Confused when trying to learn new knots? We’ve put together some basic rope and knot terminology to help keep you from being confused the next time you try picking up a new style of knot.   Bitter end: the free end of a line Standing part: the longer part of a line which is fixed…

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The Ultimate Guide to Line Handling and Stowing

Line handling and stowing is an important but often overlooked part of boating. Knowing how to neatly and safely manage and store your lines will ensure a much easier time on your boat with less hassle and less cost in the long run. Learning how to handle and stow your lines keeps everyone on board…

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Cleat Hitch Step 11

How To Tie A Cleat Hitch Knot

When it comes to mooring your boat, the Cleat Hitch Knot is the best knot for the job. It’s strong, secure, and easy to perform. It’s easy to untie too! While it’s mainly used for securing a mooring line, the Cleat Hitch can be used for a wide range of tasks. For example, it can…

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Two Ropes Being Pulled For Rope Strength

Understanding Rope Strength: Breaking Strength and Working Load

Rope strength is a misunderstood metric. One boater will talk about tensile strength, while the other will talk about working load. Both of these are important measurements, and it’s worth learning how to measure and understand them. Each of these measurements has different uses, and here we’re going to give a brief overview of what’s…

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Clove Hitch Step 6

How To Tie A Clove Hitch Knot

The Clove Hitch Knot is a divisive knot. It’s fun to learn and has many uses, but it’s not the strongest knot out there and there are far better alternatives that could be used instead. Even so, it’s an important knot for all sailors to have in their repertoire. A Clove Hitch is a multi-purpose…

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Rope Types

The Different Types Of Rope

Rope is one of the most important pieces of marine equipment out there, and while there’s no shortage of literature about hull types, the best anchors you can buy, SOS distress signals, there’s not enough written about rope, rope types, and the different properties, uses, and marine applications of this useful tool. In this article,…

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Bowline Knot Step 7

How To Tie A Bowline Knot

If you’re only going to learn one knot this season, here it is: The Bowline Knot! The bowline is a very versatile knot. It is used to form a temporary loop in a line which may then be put over a piling or cleat. It can also be used to attach a line to an…

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Sheepshank Knot Step 9

How To Tie A Sheepshank Knot

There are plenty of people out there who will tell you that learning how to tie a Sheepshank Knot is a waste of time. They’re half right and half wrong. You see, the Sheepshank Knot is a fairly useless knot and there’s no real practical application for it in this day and age. The Sheepshank…

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