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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 Knot 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

Knowing how to tie a Running Bowline Knot should be second nature to most boaters. It’s an incredibly useful knot with so many practical applications. The Running Bowline is mentioned in the Ashley Book Of Knots (#1117) and is described as an essential knot that can create a noose that won’t bind or easily slip…

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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…

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How To Tie A Truckers Hitch

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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How To Tie An Icicle Hitch

How To Tie An Icicle Hitch Knot

There are plenty of good reasons to learn how to tie the Icicle Hitch Knot. It’s a strong and practical knot slide and grip knot that can be tied around a rope or spar, and hold significant weight. It has a strong grip, and it can even be used on smooth or tapered surfaces. Because…

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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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How To Tie An Eye Splice Knot

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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How To Tie A Buntline Hitch Knot

How To Tie A Buntline Hitch Knot

Knowing how to tie a Buntline Hitch Knot is an essential skill for any boater. It’s a practical knot that 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 heritage if nothing else! Listed in the…

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How To Tie A Double Sheet Bend Knot

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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How To Tie A Rolling Hitch Knot

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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How To Tie A Barrel Hitch Knot

How To Tie A Barrel Hitch Knot

You might not think that learning how to tie a barrel hitch knot is worth your time since most modern boaters won’t be traveling with barrels, but the knot is incredibly versatile. It’s a simple and effective way to safely suspend an object, even if that object isn’t a barrel! However, since it’s a great…

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How To Tie A Stopper Knot

How To Tie A Stopper Knot

Knowing how to tie a stopper knot is an essential skill. If you’re a rock climber, a sailor, or an arborist, you’re going to need at least one strong and reliable stopper knot in your arsenal. Now, the term “stopper knot” refers to many different knots. However, if you hear the term “stopper knot” without…

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How To Tie A Carrick Bend Knot

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, the Carrick Bend is listed in the Ashley Book Of Knots as #1439. It’s described as a bend commonly tied in hawsers and cables….

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How To Tie A Blackwall Hitch Knot

How To Tie A Blackwall Hitch Knot

Learning how to tie a Blackwall Hitch Knot might not be on the top of your list of priorities, but if you move cargo with a hook, then it’s an essential knot to know. The Blackwall Hitch is a very simple knot that secures a rope to a hook. In short, it’s just a Half…

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How To Tie A Timber Hitch Knot

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

There are plenty of reasons to learn how to tie a French Bowline Knot. It’s a practical and reliable knot that forms two secure loops that can be used for a wide range of tasks. It’s like the standard Bowline Knot, but it also forms two adjustable loops. The French Bowline, also known as the…

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Bowline On A Bight

How To Tie A Bowline On A Bight Knot

Learning how to tie a Bowline On A Bight Knot is a fairly straightforward task, but if you overthink it all it gets very complicated, very quickly! To try and make life a little easier for budding boaters and rock climbers, we’ve put together a short guide all about this very useful knot. The Bowline…

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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

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

Bitter end: the free end of a line Standing part: the longer part of a line which is fixed during the tying of a knot Bight: The part of the rope between the end and the standing part. A loop formed by folding the rope back on itself Turn: a loop formed around a post,…

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Marlinespike – Line Handling and Stowing

Neatness counts, especially because it’s also safer. Don’t throw lines in heaps about the boat. They’ll kink, tangle or jam when you need them and you and your passengers are likely to trip over them. Get into the habit of coiling your lines when they are not in use, and flemishing any lose ends on…

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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 Knot

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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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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How To Tie A Sheepshank Knot

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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